Born in Avila, Spain, in 1515.  Her mother died when Teresa was twelve and her father placed her in a convent.  She returned home, determined to become a nun.  She joined the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation and made her profession in 1534.  She made great progress in the way of perfection and enjoyed mystical revelations.  She met much resistance when she reformed the order but she succeeded with undaunted courage.   She wrote books filled with sublime doctrine, the fruit of her own spiritual life.  She died at Avila in 1852.

FEAST DAY:   October 15
PATRON OF:   People in need of grace, headaches, bodily ills