Saint Teresa of the Andes
Teresa of the Andes
Born July 13, 1900(1900-07-13), Santiago, Chile
Died April 12, 1920 (aged 19), Carmelite monastery in the township of Los Andes, Chile
Beatified April 3, 1987, Santiago, Chile by Pope John Paul II
Canonized March 21, 1993, Rome by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada in the township of Los Andes, Chile
Feast July 13
Attributes small cross, flowers
Patronage young people

Saint Teresa of the Andes, Teresa de Jesús "de los Andes," (July 13, 1900 – April 12, 1920) was a Chilean nun canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

She was born Juana Fernández Solar in Santiago, Chile: her nickname was "Juanita". She was the daughter of an upper class family. Early in her life she read an autobiography of the French Saint Thérèse de Lisieux; the experience had a profound effect on Juanita's already pious character, coming to the realization she wanted to serve God.

In 1919, at age 19, Juanita became a Discalced Carmelite novice and took the name Teresa. Toward the end of her short life, Teresa began an apostolate of letter-writing, sharing her thoughts on the spiritual life with many people. Still aged 19 she contracted typhus and made her religious profession. She died April 12, 1920 during Holy Week. She was three months short of her 20th birthday, and had yet 6 months to complete her canonical novitiate and to be legally able to make her religious vows. She died as a Discalced Carmelite novice.

Teresa remains popular with the estimated 100,000 pilgrims who visit each year the shrine where her remains are venerated in the Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada in the township of Los Andes; 60 miles from Santiago. She is Chile's first saint, and is specially popular among females and younger people.

During the early 90's, the popular telenovela actress Paulina Urrutia (Culture Minister in Chile since 2006), played Teresa in a television miniseries for the TVN Chile network. This became one of her most popular roles, to the point that people asked her in the streets to bless them.

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Santiago de Chile on April 3, 1987. Luis, one of her siblings, was present at her beatification. He was the last direct relative of hers still alive in those years.

She is the first Discalced Carmelite Nun to become a Saint outside the boundaries of Europe and the fifth Saint Teresa in Carmel together with Saints Teresa of Avila, of Florence, Benedicta of the Cross and of Lisieux.

See also

External links

hu:Fernández Solar Szent Teréziapt:Teresa dos Andes

ru:Тереза Иисуса sv:Teresa de Los Andes

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