PRINCESS ILEANA OF ROMANIA (MOTHER ALEXANDRA) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/30/1988 - HFSID 222226
Sale Price $162.00
PRINCESS ILEANA OF ROMANIA (MOTHER ALEXANDRA)
The Romanian princess turned Orthodox abbess sends letter of comfort to a correspondent, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "Mother Alexandra" in blue ink. 1 page, 8x10½. Written on The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration letterhead. Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. March 30, 1988. In full: "Dear Don, Thank you for your little notes saying that reading the article about my life was of help to you. I read the list of your troubles to the community who are all praying for you. We feel that when we have a name on the prayer list, if the sisters know a little bit why they are praying for this or that person, our petitions are more sincere. May God help you to carry your heavy burden and make this Easter a blessed on for you all. In Christ". Princess Ileana of Romania (1909-1991), also known as Mother Alexandra, was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand of Romania and his consort Queen Marie of Romania. As a young woman, she was the organizer and chief of the Romanian Girl Guide Movement as well as the organizer of the Girls Reserves of the Red Cross and the first school of Social Work in Romania. In 1931, she was married to the Archduke Anton of Austria, Prince of Tuscany, which had been encouraged by her brother King Carol II who was jealous of Ileana's popularity in Romania and wanted her out of the county; he refused to let them live in Romania because his people would never tolerate a Habsburg living on Romanian soil. After WWII, her nephew King Michael I of Romania was forced to abdicate and the family was exiled from the newly Communist Romania, Ileana moving to the United States; in 1954 she officially divorced her husband the Archduke and married Dr. Stefan Nikolas Issarescu. After entering the Orthodox Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God in France, she divorced her second husband and, on her tonsuring as a monastic in 1967, Sister Illeana was given the name Mother Alexandra. She moved back to the United States and founded the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania of which she served as abbess until her retirement in 1981. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Corners rounded. Pencil notes on verso. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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