Ana de los 聲geles Monteagudo
    26 July 1604 - 10 January 1686

A brief biography.

 

Following some deductions and testimonies Ana de los 聲geles was born on the 26th of July 1604. As her christening certificate was lost in the fire of the Main Church of Arequipa in 1620, before the first cathedral was built, we cannot know the exact date.

Ana was the fourth of eight children, born from Sebasti嫕 de Monteagudo and Francisca de Le鏮. They were: Francisco, Mariana, Catalina, Ana, Juana, In廥, Andrea and Sebasti嫕. It is known that Francisco became a priest, Mariana married Gabriel L鏕ez de Pastrana, Catalina married Gonzalo Tamayo and In廥 married Bernardino de Meneses. Of the others, nothing is known, but it is possible they died from one of the plagues, which struck Arequipa in those days.

Sor Ana was delivered to the Dominican nuns of the monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, when she was three years old, to be educated and instructed; in those days mainly moral and religious teaching. It is believed that her parents took her from the monastery when she was ten or eleven with the intention to marry her when she reached at least fourteen, because in those days the parents made betrothals for their children, even below the fourteen years of age the minimum age for a valid marriage.

While she was at home, she had a vision of Santa Catalina of Siena, showing her the habit of the Dominican nuns. Then she decided to return to the monastery, being led by a small boy called Domingo. When her parents learned the fact, they tried to dissuade her by offering her jewels, but she kept firm her decision. At last her father accepted her decision and supported her, but her mother could not accept it, telling her never to come back home.

 

She entered the monastery in Arequipa on 30th November 1618. Her brother Francesco, who was a priest, paid the dowry. Her Mother, even though she was able to cover it, definitely refused to pay it. Ana took her vows, taking the name of "de los 聲geles". From the beginning she practiced what she had vowed, always seeking perfection. She was elected Mother Prioress of the Monastery in 1645,a most important post that she tried to decline, thinking she was not capacitated for the position.

Some of the nuns backed her and promised to help her, but others were against her, saying how someone who could not read or write would become a Prioress.

That position caused her many problems with other nuns, who even in three opportunities tried to poison her. They were against the rules of austerity imposed by Sor Ana during her charge, obliging the nuns to wear the habits without gold ornaments.

Many Bishops, priests and others consulted her, also after she had become totally blind in 1676. She died 10 January 1686 and was buried in the monastery.

She was beatified by John Paul II during his visit to Arequipa, 2nd February 1985.

 

Sources: Internet and Perca, O.P., Guillermo Alvarez: Historia de la orden Dominicana en el Peru.  Siglos XVI-XVII. Lima 1997, p.248-252. 
            : and others.


 

Philately

 

Ana de los 聲geles Monteagudo, born in Arequipa 1604.
She was
the prioress of the monastery of Saint Catherine
of Siena
at Arequipa from 1646 till her death on 10 January 1686.
She was beatified
by John Paul II on 2 February 1985.

 

Peru 1986, Mi 1335, Sc 893. Maximum card.

                  Postmark Arequipa 15.9.1985.

 

 

 

      

 

 

Ana de los Angeles Monteagudo.

with Pope Johannes Paul II.
Postmark Arequipa 15 September 1986.

 

Peru 1986, Mi 1135, Sc 893. Maximum card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

320th anniversary of Ana de los 聲geles Monteagudo's death (1602-1686).On the stamp the cloister of the monmastery.


Peru 2006, Mi 2044, Sc -.

 

 

 

  

The beatification of Ana de los ?/span>ngeles Monteagudo in Arequipa on 2 February 1985, during the visit of John Paul II in America Latina, Peru, Arequipa.

 

Vatican City 1985. KimCover, PW 415.

 

 

Pope John Paul II visited  Peru (1985), and came to Arequipa to beatify sister Ana de los Angeles Monteagudo, O.P. on 2nd February. He met  there some Dominican nuns of the monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena, where Angeles Monteagudo lived.

The Spanish sister, Mother Amada Romero, O.P. (+ca 2003), prioress, offered the Pope a basket with a solideo (calotte), some stolae and an authentic relic of Ana de los Angeles.
The Spanish sister Mother Trinidad Avila, O.P., with spectacles, ever a member of the monastery of Arequipa, and now prioress of the only Dominican monastery in Venezuela, in Los Teques, explained the history of the gifts.

Source: With thanks to Sister Isabel Uchuquica鎙, O.P. for the data, and to Baltasar Hendriks, O.P. for his mediation. (April 2008)

 

Peru 2006, Mi 2116, Sc - . 


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