Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila) and the anniversary of my Baptism! Here is a tribute to one of the three female Doctors of the Church.
Welcome to Avila!
The first foundation of St. Teresa was the Convent of St. Joseph. This church has several relics of St. Teresa, including her bed, several books, a jug, and a drum and castanets which she played at Christmas.
The church of the Convent of St. Joseph
St. Teresa’s signature imprinted on the altar cover
His Holiness John Paul II visited this Convent of St. Joseph, the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus on November 1, 1982.
The tomb of St. Mauritius
Here are some photos of the Monastery of the Incarnation.
The parlor where St. Teresa used to speak with St. John of the Cross. She complained that he would often go into ecstasy.
Parlor where Christ appeared to St. Teresa, tied to the pillar
The Cathedral of Avila
St. Teresa used to pray before this statue.
The basilica of San Vicente has the relics of the saint and is built on the site of his martyrdom with his two sisters in 306.It was here that St. Teresa had a vision which prompted her to begin the reform of the Carmelite order.
Basilica of San Vicente
The Convent of St. Teresa was built over her birthplace.
To St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena, the first women Doctors of the Church, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, on September 27 and October 4, 1970, respectively, as honoring and as a sign of brotherhood between the sanctuaries of both saints, in Avila and in Siena. (Avila, September 6, 1982)
In this chapel was born our Seraphic Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, Mystical Doctor, on March 28, 1515.
Here are photos of the Monastery of St. Thomas.
St. Francis and St. Dominic
St. Teresa used to go to confession here.
Confessional of St. Teresa
Photos taken from and around the walls of Avila
St. Teresa of Jesus
St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila