Saint Anastasia Guadalupe García Zavala

Saint Maria Guadalupe Garcia ZavalaAlso known as

  • Sister María Guadalupe
  • Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala
  • Mother Lupita



Daughter of Fortino García and Refugio Zavala de García; her father ran a religious goods store in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, and Maria grew up with a devotion to Our Lady. As a young woman she was engaged to marry but gave in to a call to religious life; with Father Cipriano Iñiguez she co-founded and served as the first mother superior of the Handmaids of Saint Margaret Mary and of the Poor. Worked as a nurse to the poor, and any time the Handmaids ran short of money, she would go begging for money to support their hospital. At great risk, she hid priests and the archbishop of Guadalajara from the anti-Catholic authorities during the Mexican Revolution.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Anastasia Guadalupe García Zavala“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 February 2019. Web. 22 October 2021. <>