Monday, October 18, 2010

St. Candida Maria de Jesus

Mother Candida Maria de Jesus, foundress of the Daughters of Jesus, will be canonized by Pope Benedict today.

The event is significant to me because I grew up in Stella Maris Academy of Davao, a school entrusted to the care of the congregation. The Hijas de Jesus are practically family to us, and we maintain contact with the sisters who ran the school during my time.

Brief bio of St. Candida:

Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola was born in Spain in 1845. She was always sensitive to the needy and abandoned and felt at an early age that she was "for God alone."

In 1868, at age 23, she met Jesuit Father Miguel José Herranz, who helped her respond to her call to found a congregation. Thus it was that in 1871, the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus was born.

The congregation is devoted to education in all its forms, and inspired in the spirituality of St. Ignatius. The Daughters of Jesus offer Ignatian spiritual exercises.

The founder always endeavored to pay great attention to her religious, to the beneficiaries of her works, to priests, to students and to the neediest.

More here.

On this joyous occasion, I pray for more vocations for the Hijas de Jesus.