Blessed Joan of Aza
- 8 August
- Castilian noble.
Lay woman noted for her physical and spiritual beauty.
Married to Felix de Guzman, warden of Calaruega, Burgos.
Mother of four.
Her oldest son, Anthony became a priest, the middle son was Blessed Manez, and the youngest was Saint Dominic de Guzman.
When pregnant with Dominic, she had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch it carried in its mouth; a dog bearing a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the Dominicans.
Popular devotion to Joan sprang up almost immediately upon her death.
- at Castle Aza, Aranda, Old Castile, Spain
- c.1190 of natural causes
- 1828 (cultus confirmed)
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