Faith & Life


1846 – 1932 / Feast – March 2


Maria de los Angeles Guerrero Gonzalez, called Angelita, grew up in Seville, Spain. With little formal education, she was placed in a cobbler’s workshop making shoes. But she was drawn to religious life and tried the Discalced Carmelites and Sisters of Charity, before illness forced her return to home and the shoe factory. After patiently discerning a call to be poor among the poor, Angelita and three like-minded women moved into a small rented house in 1875, forming the Company of the Cross. They prayed and meditated, but were always available to serve the poor and dying. By the time of her death, Madre Angelita’s Company had spread from Spain to Italy and Argentina. She was canonized in 2003.