Saint Juan García López-Rico

detail of a portrait of Saint Juan García López-Rico, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Giovanni Battista della Concezione
  • Giovanni Garcia Xixon
  • John Baptist de la Concepción Garcia
  • Juan Bautista Rico
  • Juan Bautista de la Concepción
  • Juan García Gijón
  • Juan García Xixón
  • Juan Rico



Fifth of eight children born to Xixón and Isabel García Marcos López-Rico; three of his siblings entered religious orders. As a child he was so drawn to follow the example of the saints that he nearly starved himself and endangered his health trying to live an ascetic life. At the age of 15 he met Saint Teresa of Avila which left him with a fascination with the Carmelites. He studied with the Carmelites in Almodóvar, Spain, and then at seminaries in Baeza and Toledo. Juan joined he Trinitarians on 28 June 1580, and made his profession on 29 June 1581. Ordained to the priesthood in 1585. On 20 August 1599 he received approval from Pope Clement VIII to begin a reformation of the Trinitarians; he based his efforts on the example of Saint Teresa of Avila and the original Rule of the Order which required six hours of prayer a day. In addition to reforming existing houses, he founded more monasteries that followed this new, invigorated form. Prolific writer on theology.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Juan García López-Rico“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2018. Web. 18 December 2018. <>