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Teresa was born in Avila Spain in 1515.  She joined the Carmelite convent at Avila and, after a quarter of ateresa of avila century as a nun, began to reform the Order, with the help of St Peter of Alcantara and St John of the Cross.  She founded seventeen reformed houses in Spain and, despite her busy life of administration, reached the highest “mansions” of union with God.  She died at Avila in 1582.  Her outstanding works of ascetical and mystical theology led her to be declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 3063; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1253

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