St Mariana de Paredes – Feast Day – May 26

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St Mary Ann de Paredes, also known as Mariana of Jesus, or Mariana de Paredes y Flores, was a pious Christian and a recluse. She was born on October 31 1618 in Quito, Ecuador and died on May 26 1645 at the age of 26 in Quito. We celebrate her feast day on May 26 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Mary Ann de Paredes Biography
St Mary Ann de Paredes - Feast Day - May 26
St Mary Ann de Paredes – Feast Day – May 26
Date of Birth October 31 1618
Place of Birth Quito, Ecuador
Date of Death May 26 1645
Place of Death Quito, Ecuador
Feast Day May 26
Beatification By Pope Pius IX on November 10 1853 in Vatican City
Canonization By Pope Pius XII on July 9 1950 in Vatican City
Patron Saint of
  • Ecuador
  • Americas
  • Against bodily ills or sickness
  • Sick people
  • Against the loss of parents
  • People rejected by religious orders

St Mariana de Paredes Life History

Mariana de Paredes’s parents were Don Jerónimo de Paredes Flores y Granobles, a nobleman of Toledo and Doña Mariana Cranobles de Jaramillo.

During her birth, some unusual celestial phenomena occurred. When her parents died in her infancy, she was taken care of by her older sister and her husband.

Mariana lived a very pious life with a solid devotion to Mary. On several occasions, she was miraculously saved from death.

Mariana was attracted to the religious life. She vowed to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. After shelving her desire to become a Dominican nun, she opted to live in seclusion in her sister’s home.

She never left her house unless when attending Church services. Mariana exercised self-mortification and slept very little. She would survive for eight to ten days on only a small piece of bread and the Holy Eucharist which she received daily during mass.

Mariana had many gifts given to her by God like remote viewing, prophecy, reading of hearts, and healing by making the Sign of the Cross or sprinkling with holy water. She once restored a dead person back to life.

In 1645, there occurred a series of earthquakes and other epidemics in Quito, Ecuador. Mariana publicly offered herself as a victim for the city and died shortly after. A pure white lily sprouted and blossomed at the spot where she died. Many years later, the Republic of Ecuador declared her a national heroine.

St Mariana de Paredes is the Patron Saint of

  • Ecuador
  • Americas
  • Against bodily ills or sickness
  • Sick people
  • Against the loss of parents
  • People rejected by religious orders

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