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Teresa of Ávila, Saint

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Author(s): Delgado, Mariano
[German Version] (Span.: Teresa de Jesús; Mar 28, 1515, Ávila – Oct 4, 1568, Alba de Tormes, Salamanca), founder of the Discalced Carmelites (Aug 24, 1562, for women, Nov 28, 1568, for men), mystic, saint (Mar 12, 1622; feast day Oct 15), and the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church (Sep 27, 1970; Doctores ecclesiae). Her father, Alonso Sánchez de Cepeda, was converted from Judaism as a child; her mother, Beatriz de Ahumada, was a member of the lower gentry. After reading many legends of…