紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Carmen Sallés y Barangueras
St. Carmen Sallés y Barangueras was born in April 9, 1848, the first daughter of José Sallés and Francisca Barangueras. Living in Vic, near Barcelona, in Spain, she was the second of ten children of her parents. Two days after, she was baptized with the name “Carmen.” Her parents gave her a firm Catholic education when she was enrolled in the school of “Compañía de María” where she learned to love the feast of the Niña María.
God’s call to become Christ’s bride came to her after a pilgrimage in Montserrat. She turned down her parents’ plan to marry and entered religious life in the Adores Sisters as a novice where she cared for the needy women of the society. She then moved to the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation where she taught in schools, but she took priority for the girls who have little or no education at all. She was discriminated in the congregation because of her ideas, but God always provides. She prayed and sensed her surroundings, waiting for God’s will for her. Along with Sisters Candelaria, Remedios and Emilia they went to Burgos, Spain and in the 7th of December, 1892 the Archbishop of Burgos granted a Diocesan approval to the “Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Mary” and authorized the opening of the first Conceptionist school. The congregation founded more schools she called “the Houses of Mary Immaculate” and with her fellow sisters, they went through all corners of Spain.
With her hard labor, God saw it best to call her back and to receive her heavenly reward on the 25th of July, 1911 at 63 years of age. A year after, a group of sisters voyaged to the New World, in the country of Brazil. Her holy life was recognized when Pope St. John Paul II beatified her on 15th of March 1998, during the Centennial Anniversary of the congregation. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on the 21st of October 2012.
St. Carmen Sallés, pray for us.