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Monday, 15 October 2012

Saint's Corner: Teresa of Avila

Name: Teresa of Avila, also known as Teresa of Jesus
Birth & Death: 28 March 1515 - 4 October 1582
Feast Day: 15 October
Country of Origin: Spain
History: Her father was opposed to her desire for the religious life so Teresa ran away at 17 to enter a convent, after which her family relented and consented to her choice. In the cloister she became gravely ill and incompetent healthcare meant she never fully recovered from her infirmity. She became concerned by the laxity in following the life that she saw in her own community and others and resolved to found a reformed community with the monetary help of a wealthy friend. With the help of John of the Cross, reformed communities for men also began and the Discalced Carmelites were formed. She founded 16 convents during her life. In 1970 she was declared a Doctor of the Church.


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