Teresa of Jesus (Teresa of Avila)

St. Teresa of Jesus (St. Teresa of Avila)
(1515-1582)
Virgin and Doctor
October 15th
St. Teresa of Avila

Also known as St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born in Avila, Spain, March 28th 1515 and entered the Carmel of the Incarnation there in 1536. She lived there for about 20 years until she felt that God was asking something more of her. After many tribulations and heart-searching Teresa, left the Incarnation on August 24th 1562 to found St. Joseph’s, a new monastery in which she planned and hoped that the original Rule of Carmel would be kept faithfully. Over a period of twenty years she founded 15 more houses for the nuns and, in association with St John of the Cross, at least two for the friars.

She died at Alba de Tormes on October 4th 1582. She was sixty seven years old. When the bells of Avila tolled for her the local citizens said: “The Saint has gone to heaven.”

Last content update 10/11/09

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