St Teresa of Jesus Jornet Ibars; St Elizabeth Bichier des Ages, Virgin
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St Teresa of Jesus Jornet Ibars
Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Born in Catalonia, Spain,
she overcame many difficulties in her youth and eventually became a teacher at Lerida. Desirous to
enter the religious life, she failed to win entry into the convent at the advice of her spiritual
director, decided to launch her own congregation. On January 27, 1872, at Barbastro, Spain, she
began the Little Sisters of the Poor, called the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Age. Considerable
zeal, she had founded by the time of death more than fifty houses for her congregation. Beatified in
1958, she was canonized in 1974 by Pope VI.
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