Blessed Juana de Aza

Blessed Juana de AzaAlso known as

  • Jane of Aza
  • Joan of Aza
  • Joanna of Aza



Born to the Castilian nobility, the daughter of Felix de Caleruega, constable of Castile. Lay woman noted for her physical and spiritual beauty. Married to Felix de Guzman, governor of Calaruega, Burgos, Spain c.1165. Mother of four. Her oldest son, Venerable Anthony, became a priest, the middle son was Blessed Manés, and the youngest was Saint Dominic de Guzman. When pregnant with Dominic, she had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch it carried in its mouth; a dog bearing a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the Dominicans. Popular devotion to Joan sprang up almost immediately upon her death.



  • c.1190 in Celeruga, Spain of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Juana de Aza“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2020. Web. 27 July 2021. <>