Born in Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900, Juanita Fernandez Solar was the first member of the Teresian Carmel in Latin America to be beatified. Pope John Paul II beatified her on April 3, 1987, while he was in Santiago, Chile. The Holy Father proposed her as a model for young people. Juanita was devoted to Christ as an adolescent and entered the Discalced Carmelite Nuns when she was nineteen taking the name Teresa of Jesus. She died of typhus the following year on April 12th. Her feast day is July 13th and her symbols are a small cross and flowers. She is the patroness of young people.
“Jesus alone is beautiful; he is my only joy. I call for him, I cry after him, I search for him within my heart.” (from the Spiritual writings of Blessed Teresa of Jesus)