Teresita Urrea

Teresita Urrea

Teresita Urrea (1873-1906) is known as the Saint of Cabora, a town in Sinaloa, Mexico, though she was never canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was born on October 15, 1873, the daughter of a peasant named Cayetana Chavez and a member of the Mexican aristocracy, Don Tomás Urrea.

Her father acknowledged her as his daughter when she was 16.

She was apprenticed to a curandera, or healer, named Huila, who recognized that the girl had remarkable gifts of healing. It was reported that she could calm patients in extreme pain by looking them in the eyes. She was also reported to have a gift of clairvoyance.

Teresita's healing took on a political dimension. She urged the Yaqui Indians to resist the government of Porfirio Díaz, which was confiscating their lands. She subsequently was arrested by General Bandala's troops and put in jail in Guaymas and condemned to death. Instead she was exiled from Mexico and spent the rest of her life in the United States, where she wrote political essays in defense of the rights of the poor of Mexico.

She died of consumption on January 11, 1906 at the age of 33 and is buried in Clifton, Arizona.

Her life was the subject of the novel "The Hummingbird's Daughter" by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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