Patron saint of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia

Memorial 23 Août

Born as Isabel to Spanish immigrants to the New World. A beautiful girl and devoted daughter, she was so devoted to her vow of chastity, she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion so she would not be attractive. Lived and meditated in a garden, raising vegetables and making embroidered items to sell to support her family and help the other poor. Dominican tertiary in 1606. Received invisible stigmata. Suffered from assorted physical and mental ailments. First saint born in the Americas. Founder of social work in Peru. Great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena.
  • Born 1586 at Lima, Peru as Isabel
  • Died 24 August 1617 at Lima, Peru
  • Beatified 15 April 1668 by Pope Clement IX
  • Canonized 2 April 1671 by Pope Clement X


    Relique of Sainte Rose of Lima shown in the royal chapel at La Chèze

    Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia