Saints and Holy People

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Saint Teresa of the Andes (1900–1920)

Saint Teresa of the Andes (1900–1920)

Patron saint against illness and of sick people and young people

Feast day: April 12

From a young age, Saint Teresa showed a great devotion to Christ. Inspired by the autobiography of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, she became a Carmelite nun at Los Andes in 1919. Teresa found great joy in her simple lifestyle and devoted community. She spent each day wholly focused on prayer and sacrifice. Teresa wrote in her diary, “I am God’s. He created me and is my beginning and my end.”

At the age of 20, Teresa caught typhus and swiftly took her final vows. She focused on penning many letters, sharing her views on spiritual life with numerous people. Teresa died during Holy Week, shortly after her diagnosis of typhus. Saint Teresa of the Andes is Chile’s first saint. 

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