Blessed Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph

detail of a holy card of Blessed Maria Pilar, Blessed Teresa, and Blessed Maria Angeles, artist unknown; swiped from the Carmelnet web siteAlso known as

  • Marciana Valtierra Tordesillas



Youngest of eleven children born to Manual and Lorenza; six of her siblings died in childhood. Her mother died when Marciana was three, and she decided to devote herself to the Blessed Virgin Mary as her new mother. She daily went to Mass, prayed the rosary, and spent hours in Eucharistic adoration. Worked with Father Juan Vicente of Jesus and Mary on the magazine La Obra Máxima (The Ultimate Work) and other projects. She was drawn to religious life, but the care of her father and other family members kept her at home for several years, but on 14 July 1929 she joined the Discalced Carmelites at the Carmel of San José de Guadalajara, taking the name María Angeles of Saint Joseph. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 July 2019. Web. 2 August 2021. <>