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Feastday: May 26

Patron of Ecuador; Americas; bodily ills; loss of parents; people rejected by religious orders; sick people; sickness

Birth: 1618

Death: 1645


Solitary and the “Lily of Quito,” Ecuador. She was born Mariana de Paredes y Flores and called herself Mariana of Jesus. Born in Quito she was a hermitess in her brother-in-law’s residence. Mariana offered herself as a victim for the city during an earthquake in 1645 and died. She was canonized in 1950.

 


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