Blessed Mary Catherine

Blessed Mary Catherine Irigoyen Echegaray was born in Pamplona, Navarre (Spain) on November 25, 1848. She was the 6th of 7 children of the Irigoyen Echegaray Family who resided on Mercaderes Street #9 (what is now Blanca de Navarra).

Her parents were Tiburcio Irigoyen and Leonarda Echegaray. Her father was a native of Errazu in the Valley of Baztánand was the President of the Representatives of the Region of Navarre. Her mother was a native of Pamplona whose family was related to the family of Saint Francis Xavier.

On November 26, the feast of the Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary Catherine was baptized in the Cathedral of Pamplona, and on November 26, 1860, Mary Catherine received her First Holy Communion. Belonging to a family with deep christian values, she was brought up in the faith, and as a young woman she was president of the Children of Mary. Her charity was manifest within her own family as well as with the sick and the poor.

Mary Catherine’s mother, Leonarda, died on December 17, 1868, and just three years later her father, Tiburcio, died on February 15, 1871. By this time, February of 1871, her older sisters, Joaquina and Cipriana, had already married so the Irigoyen household looked to Mary Catherine for her guidance and care.  She was able to successfully run the household with her prudent and well-balanced character.

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Martyr Sisters

MOTHER AURELIA ARAMBARRI FUENTE
SISTER AURORA LOPEZ GONZALEZ
SISTER DARIA ANDIARENA SAGASETA
SISTER AGUSTINA PEÑA RODRIGUEZ

SERVANTS OF GOD
Martyrs, 1936

MOTHER AURELIA ARAMBARRI FUENTE

Mother Aurelia was born in Vitoria, Álava, Spain on October 23, 1866. She was baptized on the same day in the Parish of Saint Maria of Vitoria (the old Cathedral) and received the name Clementina Francisca. Her parents were fervent Catholics and raised their daughter in the faith.

Sister Aurelia was 20 years old when she entered the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. She was admitted by Mother Soledad Torres Acosta, the Foundress, and also received the Holy Habit from Mother Soledad’s hands on November 14, 1886. She made her first profession on December 18, 1887, and was then sent to Puerto Rico where she made her perpetual profession on December 18, 1894

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Venerable Mother Soledad Sanjurjo Santos

“Pearl of the Antilles”

 

 BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE OF THE VENERABLE SOLEDAD SANJURJO SANTOS, 

SERVANT OF MARY MINISTER TO THE SICK.

 

 (1892-1973)

         On November 15, 1892 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Mother Soledad Sanjurjo Santos was born into this life. She was the last of six children of José Sanjurjo González, of Spanish origin, and María de la Palma Santos del Toro who was born in San Juan.

          She was baptized on April 3, 1893, in what is today the Cathedral of Saint Phillip in Arecibo and given the name María Consuelo.

          She was barely six months old when her father died at the age of forty-five. The young widow did all she could to care for her children  until succumbing to tuberculosis. She died on July 10, 1901 in San Juan at the age of thirty-eight.

          Consequently, at the young age of nine years, María Consuelo could no longer depend on her parents’ support. When faced with having to provide her with an education, family members entrusted this delicate responsibility to a religious institution; together with her sister Antonia, she  boarded in a school in Río Piedras called "La Protectora" that was run for orphan girls by the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick. This is where María Consuelo spent her childhood and adolescence. Frequent contact with the Religious along with a soul that was open to spiritual things brought about in her the vocation to the consecrated life. She was admitted to the Institute as a postulant in this same community of Servants of Mary in Río Piedras on August 4, 1909.

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