Carmen Salles y Barangueras
Carmen Salles, was born April 9, 1848, in Vic, Barcelona, Spain. Raised by devout Catholic parents, the second of 10 children, she grew up with a strong devotion of Our Lady. The year of 1858 was a Marian year and proved to be a pivotal time in Carmen’s life. It was the same year that Mary appeared in Lourdes to Bernadette and confirmed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. That year, Carmen went to Montserrat on pilgrimage with her family where she received her First Communion and vowed to give her life to Jesus. It was on this visit that she knelt at Mary’s feet and consecrated her life to Jesus through Mary.
Carmen was convinced of her vocation and convinced her parents to break her engagement to a young Spaniard and allow her to enter the Adores Sisters. These sisters were dedicated to the recovery of women who were living on the margins after a life of crime or prostitution. She dedicated the next 22 years of her life to educating these women so they could get out of the sex life and achieve a dignified place in society, which involved running day schools for the children of working mothers, and night schools for the mothers.
Sister Carmen eventually founded a new order, the Missionary Conceptionists of Hope, and became a well-known pioneer in proclaiming equality between men and women and in defending the dignity of women in the home and in society at large.
Carmen died in Madrid at the age of 63, on July 25, 1911. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 15, 1998, and her canonization has been set for October 21, 2012.
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