Women in Christianity
Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563)
Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres , a woman of strong faith, determination and character-- an excellent model for our times.
Sister Mariana was enflamed with love of God and neighbor, like her Father St. Francis she imitated the life of Jesus. She followed the Spirit of St. Francis and Beatrice da Silva, founder of the Order of Conceptionist. She mediated and followed Jesus' steps to Calvary, practicing severe austerities. She carried a wooden cross on Holy Saturday, walked with peddles in her shoes and tied her hands with ropes as she hung in the form of a cross.
Sister Mariana de Jesus Torres born in Galicia 1563, in the province of Vizcaya, Spain, who left family, home and country for the love of God at the age of 13, a personality, mature for her age, having complete trust in God and Mary. She traveled from Galicia to Madrid and then Seville in order to get customs authorization to leave Spain for the New World and then sailed the treacherous seas with 6 cofounding religious of the Order of Immaculate Conception, to settle in the royal province of Quito. Sister Mariana de Jesus Torres attire was her habit and her jewelry a simple scapular and a rosary.