Beatified in 1996, Blessed Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912) founded the Congregation of the Hijas de Jesús (Daughters of Jesus) in Salamanca, Spain. Her school now educates youth in 17 countries.
A profound experience of God’s love led Blessed Cándida María de Jesús to correspond to that love with generosity and decisiveness. This was the description of the Spanish nun and founder given by Pope John Paul II at her beatification. Now, Blessed Candida is set to become one of the Church’s newly recognized saints with canonization ceremonies being held over the weekend.
Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola was born in Spain in 1845. She was always sensitive to the needy and abandoned and felt at an early age that she was “for God alone” thus it was that in 1871 the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus was born. In a short time the congregation spread throughout Spain, opening schools in various cities. In 1911, the year before Blessed Cándida died, the first group of the Daughters of Jesus left for Brazil, which was the first foundation outside of Spain.