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Saint Teresa of the Andes
Feast Day July 13th
Juanita Fernández Solar 1900-1920
St. Teresa of the Andes was born on July 13th 1900 in Santiago, Chile. She was baptised Juana Enriquete Josefina of the Sacred Hearts, but she was always known as Juanita. She was the fourth child of six, in a prosperous farming family. In 1914 during an illness she felt the call to Carmel, but she kept it to herself for a time. Juanita graduated from school with honours when she was eighteen. She was always conscientious and religious but she was not always the serious student. She had many friends, lived life to the full and laughed a lot. Like many young people of today the youthful Juanita had wide ranging interests. She enjoyed a variety of sports; tennis, swimming, croquet and especially horse riding. She could sew well and she loved music; singing, playing the guitar, piano and harmonium; she was also a good dancer.
Everything seemed idyllic but there was another joy in her life which was becoming increasingly insistent. The call of Jesus had captivated her. She wrote to her sister Rebecca that she had been ‘captured in the nets of the Divine Fisherman’.
Only three weeks after she left school Juanita wrote to the Prioress of the Carmel of Los Andes asking to enter early the next year. She entered on May 7th 1919 and on October 14th she received the Carmelite habit and was given the name Sr. Teresa of Jesus
New Ross Carmel are celebrating their bi-centenary this week. Carmelites from all over Ireland joined with the Community, their relatives and members of the Secular Order on Tuesday. After Mass all past members of the community were remembered by name and a flower laid on each grave.
We are pleased to announce that Pope Francis has appointed the Carmelite Bishop Anders Arborelius of Sweden as one of the new Cardinals