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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Saint's Corner: Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Name: Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, birth name Edith Stein
Birth & Death: 12 October 1891 - 9 August 1942
Feast Day: 9 August
Country of Origin: Germany
History: Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family but by her teenage years she had lost faith. She gained a doctorate in philosophy in 1916. She became interested in Catholicism and after reading the works of St. Teresa of Avila she converted and was baptised in 1922. In 1933 she entered a Discalced Carmelite community in Cologne and took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, although the threat of the Nazi regime compelled her community to transfer her to the Netherlands. The transfer did not, however, spare her and she was arrested along with her sister who had also converted and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp and was gassed there.


Teresa Benedict of the Cross

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