St. Theresa of Avila

St. Theresa of Avila (also known as St. Theresa of Jesus) has given her name to over 30 Catholic churches in the USA, making her one of the top 100 most popular Saints. Stained glass window designs often depict this Spanish mystical saint in a divine encounter with a seraph. She lived in the 16th century and played a prominent role in reforming the Carmelite Order through her writings on her life of contemplation and mental prayer. St. Theresa’s devout mother died when Theresa was 14 years old and her profound grief caused her to draw closer to the Virgin Mary as her spiritual mother. She is known for her motto which was “Lord, either let me suffer or let me die.” Forty years after her death, Theresa was canonized, and in 1970 she was named Doctor of the Church. Her feast day is October 15th and she is the patron saint of sick people, lace makers and people in need of grace. Whether you are planning to honor St. Theresa in a stained glass window or a panel for your church doors, contact us, we can help you with a pleasing design.

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