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St. Teresa of Avila
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Religious Figure
    (March 28, 1515-October 4, 1582)
    Birth name was Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada
    She hid the fact that her grandfather was Jewish.
    She suffered from poor health throughout her life.
    She was sent to be educated by Augustinian nuns, but only lasted a year.
    She became a Carmelite nun against her father’s wishes.
    She came from a family of 10 children.
    She was one of the major figures in the Catholic Church’s Counter-Reformation.
    She was canonized in 1622.
    She was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church.
    She is the patron saint of Spain.

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