In the Roman Catholic tradition, Santa Teresa is a saint. Briefly, she was born Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada in 1515 in Ávila, Spain. She is known as St. Teresa of Ávila, and is considered to be one of the most devout women of the Roman Catholic Church. She was known for her devotion to God through prayer and contemplation. Santa Teresa died in 1582 and was canonized as a saint in 1622.
Not to be confused with the Roman Catholic saint, another woman born Niña Garcia Noña Maria Rebecca Chávez and known as Teresa Urrea, also Saint Teresa of Jesus, Saint Teresita Of Cabora or simply Santa Teresa in northern Mexico in 1873, had an interesting history as well and was connected to Texas and Mexico. Her father is believed to have been Don Tomás Urrea and her mother was a Yaqui Indian by the name of Cayetana Chávez who was fourteen years old when Teresa was born.
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