Blessed Manuela de Jesús Arias Espinosa

Blessed Manuela de Jesús Arias EspinosaAlso known as

  • Sister María Inés Teresa of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Manuelita (nickname)



Fifth of eight children in her family. Nun, entering the monastery of the Hail Mary in Los Angeles, California in 1929, making her perpetual vows on 14 December 1933 and living a cloistered life. Founder of the Congregations of the Poor Clare Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in August 1945 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico; it received papal approval in 1949 and 1951. Founder of the Missionaries of Christ for the Universal Church. By the time of her death she was over-seeing 36 missionary houses in 14 countries. Over 6,000 of her writings survive.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Manuela de Jesús Arias Espinosa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2021. Web. 16 September 2021. <>