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Bls. Maria Pilar, Teresa and Maria Angeles, (OCD), Virgins and Martyrs (m)

Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of Guadalajara, Spain.  They were executed for the faith on July 24th 1936, during the opression of the Church in Mexico.

After having given witness to their faith in Christ the King they offered their lives for the Church.

The first fruits of the countless martyrs of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, they were beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 29th, 1987.

Maria Pilar of St. Francis Borgia

Born Jacoba Martinez Garcia at Tarazona (Zaragoza) on December 30th, 1877.  
She entered the Carmelite cloister at Guadalajara on October 12, 1898, taking vows the following year.  

Teresa of the Child Jesus and of St. John of the Cross -

Born on March 5th, 1909.
She was offered her freedom if she denied Christ, the Church, and the Carmel.  She refused and was slain.

Maria Angeles of St. Joseph

Born Eusebia Garcia y Garcia in Mochales on March 5, 1909.
She entered the Carmel of Guadalajara on July 14, 1929 at age sixteen and made her first profession in 1926.  She was arrested by Communist forces at Guadalajara and was killed by gunfire on July 24, 1936.

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."