Birth of St. Candida Mª de Jesús
On May 31, 1845, Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola was born in the hamlet of Berrospe, in the town of Andoain (Guipúzcoa). At the age of 26, in 1871, she founded the congregation of the Daughters of Jesus in Salamanca. From then on, her name would be Cándida Mª de Jesús.
Mother Candida, as we like to call her, was canonized in 2012 by Benedict XVI. Although the celebration of St. Candida is on August 9, the day of her birth has always been for the nuns and the students of the schools a big feast day.
At that time, May 31 was the feast of Our Lady of Fair Love. Today we celebrate the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Perhaps for this reason, and because of the Marian airs of the 19th century with the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mother Candida’s life always moved forward hand in hand with her “Immaculate Mother”. But we will talk about this on December 8.
You can see the explanation of the farmhouse where he was born HERE.