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Inspiring Saints I July 24 I The Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara Blessed Maria Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia Also known as Jacoba Martínez García Memorial 24 July Profile Youngest of eleven child…More
Inspiring Saints I July 24 I The Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara

Blessed Maria Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia
Also known as
Jacoba Martínez García
Memorial
24 July
Profile
Youngest of eleven children born to Gabino Martinez and Luisa Garcia; eight of her siblings died in childhood; her surviving siblings became a priest and a Carmelite nun. Jacoba joined the Discalced Carmelites at the San José de Guadalajara convent on 12 October 1898, taking the name María Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia, making her profession on 15 October 1899. A seamstress and lace maker, noted for her skill in embroidery; she devoted all her needle work efforts to the glory of God. Sacristan of her house. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
Born
20 December 1877 in Tarazona, Zaragoza, Spain as Jacoba Martínez García
Died

shot and stabbed on the street by Communists on 24 July 1936 in Guadalajara, Spain
Venerated
22 March 1986 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)
Beatified
29 March 1987 by Pope John Paul II

Blessed Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph
Also known as
Marciana Valtierra Tordesillas
Memorial
24 July
Profile
Youngest of eleven children born to Manual and Lorenza; six of her siblings died in childhood. Her mother died when Marciana was three, and she decided to devote herself to the Blessed Virgin Mary as her new mother. She daily went to Mass, prayed the rosary, and spent hours in Eucharistic adoration. Worked with Father Juan Vicente of Jesus and Mary on the magazine La Obra Máxima (The Ultimate Work) and other projects. She was drawn to religious life, but the care of her father and other family members kept her at home for several years, but on 14 July 1929 she joined the Discalced Carmelites at the Carmel of San José de Guadalajara, taking the name María Angeles of Saint Joseph. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
Born
6 March 1905 in Getafe, Madrid, Spain
Died

shot and stabbed on the street by Communists on 24 July 1936 in Guadalajara, Spain
Venerated
22 March 1986 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)
Beatified
29 March 1987 by Pope John Paul II

Blessed Teresa of the Child Jesus and of Saint John of the Cross
Also known as
Eusebia García y García
Memorial
24 July
Profile
Second of eight children born to Juan and Eulalia. As a child, she would often visit her uncle Florentino, a priest who was later martyred in the Spanish Civil War At age nine she made personal vows of chastity and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in 1918 she moved to an Ursuline boarding school. Having read Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux, she felt drawn to the Caremelite life, and on 2 May 1925 she became a Discalced Carmelite at the Carmel of San José de Guadalajara, taking the name Teresa of the Child Jesus and of Saint John of the Cross. Organist. Made her solemn vows on 6 March 1930. She spent her free time in Eucharistic adoration, “sunbathing” she said, in its light while she prayed for priests and conversions. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War. The mob that murdered her offered her freedom if she would say “Viva el Comunismo!” (“Long live Communism”); she answered “Viva Christo Rey!” (Long live Christ the King!).
Born
5 March 1909 in Mochales, Guadalajara, Spain
Died

shot and stabbed on the street by Communists on 24 July 1936 in Guadalajara, Spain
Venerated
22 March 1986 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)
Beatified
29 March 1987 by Pope John Paul II
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