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SAINT TERESA OF AVILA Doctor of the Church
Feast Day October 15th
St. Teresa was born in Avila, Spain on March 28th 1515. Her father, Alonso Sánchez de Capeda had been widowed after only three years of marriage but married a second time to Beatriz de Ahumada. Teresa was the third child of this second marriage.
The family belonged to the lower ranks of the nobility, and had many servants, though unlike most of his class Teresa’s father refused to have slaves. He had a wide taste in literature and ensured that his children were well educated.
Teresa’s mother taught her the faith, and introduced her to the lives of the saints as well as to the tales of chivalry that she liked to read, even though Teresa’s father disapproved of them. Teresa’s mother died when she was 13 and soon afterwards, she asked Our Lady to be her Mother.