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October 15 - Saint Teresa of Avila breski1 Also known as Teresa de Ávila Teresa of Jesus Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada The Roving Nun Theresa of Ávila Memorial 15 October 27 August (…More
October 15 - Saint Teresa of Avila breski1
Also known as
Teresa de Ávila
Teresa of Jesus
Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada
The Roving Nun
Theresa of Ávila
Memorial
15 October
27 August (Transverberation of her Heart)
Profile
Born to the Spanish nobility, the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Doña Beatriz. She grew up reading the lives of the saints, and playing at “hermit” in the garden. Crippled by disease in her youth, which led to her being well educated at home, she was cured after prayer to Saint Joseph. Her mother died when Teresa was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement. Her father opposed her entry to religious life, so she left home without telling anyone, and entered a Carmelite house at 17. Seeing her conviction to her call, her father and family consented.
Soon after taking her vows, Teresa became gravely ill, and her condition was aggravated by the inadequate medical help she received; she never fully recovered her health. She began receiving visions, and was examined by Dominicans and Jesuits, including Saint Francis Borgia, who pronounced the visions to be holy and true.
She considered her original house too lax in its rule, so she founded a reformed convent of Saint John of Avila. Teresa founded several houses, often against fierce opposition from local authorities. Mystical writer. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 27 September 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Born
28 March 1515 at Avila, Castile, Spain as Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada
Died
4 October 1582 at Alba de Tormes of natural causes in the arms of her secretary and close friend Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew
body incorrupt
relics preserved at Alba
her heart shows signs of Transverberation (piercing of the heart), and is displayed, too
Beatified
24 April 1614 by Pope Paul V
Canonized
12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
Patronage
against bodily ills
against headaches
against sickness
against the death of parents
lace makers
lace workers

people in need of grace
people in religious orders
people ridiculed for their piety
sick people
World Youth Day 2011

Amos, Canada, diocese of
Avellaneda–Lanús, Argentina, diocese of
Berzano di Tortona, Italy
Pozega, Croatia
Spain
Avila, Spain
Representation
nun wearing the habit of a Discalced Carmelite
Carmelite nun with her heart pierced by an arrow held by an angel
Carmelite nun holding a pierced heart, book and crucifix
Carmelite nun with book and quill
Carmelite nun receiving a message from a dove
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