Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saint of the Day – 12 April – Saint Teresa of the Andes

The Memorial of Saint Teresa of the Andes

Saint Teresa of the Andes is the Patron Saint of

• Against disease
• Against illness
• Ill people
• Young people
• Santiago
• Los Andes

Saint Teresa of the Andes Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNuns/Sisters who became Saints

Saint Teresa of the Andes brief life History

Date of Birth 13 July 1900
Country of Birth Chile in South America
Profession Chilean Discalced Carmelites
Place of Work Los Andes, Chile
Date of Death 12 April 1920 (aged 19)
Place of Death Los Andes, Valparaíso, Chile
Feast Day 12 April
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on 3 April 1987 at O’Higgins Park, Santiago, Chile
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 21 March 1993 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of • Against disease
• Against illness
• Ill people
• Young people
• Santiago
• Los Andes

Saint Teresa of the Andes Short life History

Saint Teresa of the Andes is also known as
• Juanita Fernandez Solar
• Teresa de los Andes
• Teresa of Jesus of the Andes

She was born to an upper class family. From her adolescence Teresa was devoted to Christ. She was greatly influenced by the autobiography of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux.

She entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite nuns at Los Andes on 7 May 1919, and was given the name Teresa of Jesus. She was a model for young people. She was the first Chilean and the first member of the Teresian Carmel in Latin America to be beatified.

Fernández Solar was a pious child but had an often unpredictable temperament for she could be prone to anger and being vain but could also demonstrate her charitable and loving nature; she seemed transformed when she decided to become a nun and her character seemed to change for her sole ambition was to dedicate herself to the service of God.

But her time in the convent was cut short due to her contracting an aggressive disease that killed her – she knew she would die but was consoled knowing she would be able to make her profession before she died.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Why do you feel so alone? Aren’t we always really one in our Divine Master? Can you be thinking that your Carmelite sister has no room in her heart to love the one who is part of her very being…? You are with me always; we are still working together.

Saint Teresa of the Andes
Saint Teresa of the Andes