- Ignazia Verzeri
Teresa’s mother, Countess Elena Pedrocca-Grumelli, had felt drawn to the religious life, but her aunt, a Poor Clare nun, prophesied that Elena would be the mother of holy children. Teresa was the oldest of the seven children; her brother became bishop of Brescia, Italy. Ingazia was educated at home, and the canon Giuseppe Benaglio, Vicar General of the diocese of Bergamo, Italy was her spiritual teacher.
Benedictine nun at Bergamo. Dedicated to the education of young girls. Founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 8 February 1831. Built orphanages, retreat centers, and provided help to the old, sick and infirm; noted spiritual guide and teacher. An extensive correspondent, in addition to the Constitutions and Book of Duties for the congregation, she left over 3,500 letters. The Daughters continue their mission in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, India, and Albania.
- 3 March 1852 at Brescia, Italy of natural causes
- her relics are in the chapel of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bergamo, Italy
To you and to your Institute Jesus Christ has given the precious gift of his Heart, for from no one else can you learn holiness, he being the inexhaustible source of true holiness. - Saint Teresa to the first members of the
The Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, like those who draw their charity from the very source of love, that is, from the Heart of Jesus Christ, must burn with the same love of the Divine Heart for their neighbor: purest charity that has no aim save for the glory of God and the good of souls; universal charity that excludes no one but embraces all; generous charity that does not draw back from suffering, is not alarmed by contradiction, but rather, in suffering and opposition, grows in vigor and conquers through patience. - Saint Teresa