Lived 1515 - 1582

Saint Teresa of Ávila was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and writer of the Counter Reformation. She was born in Gotarrendura, in the province of Avila, Spain. Her baptismal name was given as Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y Ahumada. Teresa’s writings, produced for didactic purposes, stand among the most remarkable in the mystical literature of the Roman Catholic Church. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be a founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with John of the Cross. In 1622 she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and on 27 September 1970 was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

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