Venerable Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament
- Also known as
María Luisa de la Peña Navarro de Rojas
- Born to a pious and wealthy family.
Married to Dr Pascual Rojas.
They had no children of their own, but both worked tirelessly for the poor, building their own hospital.
Widowed after 14 years of marriage.
Entered the Carmel of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Ordered to work in the hospital she had built, and retreat to the cloistered life when her time was free.
Many young women in the hospital, workers and patients, were led by her example to the Carmelite life.
In 1927, due to both her piety and her family wealth, the anti-clerical government of the Mexican Revolution put a bounty on 61 year old Mother Maria's life.
She and two Carmelite sisters fled to Los Angeles, California.
There, without resources, they continued their work, eventually returning to Mexico.
Founded the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Holy Heart of Los Angeles.
- 21 June 1866 in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico
- 11 February 1937 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico of natural causes
- 1 July 2000 by Pope John Paul II
if you have information relevant to Mother María Luisa Josefa's beatification, contact:
Carmelitas del Sagrado Corazon
Fray Juan de Zumarraga 462
45000 Guadalajara, Jal., MEXICO
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