200 years serving the most vulnerable
We were born in Vic (Barcelona) serving the most impoverished and excluded people.
Today we are going from strength to strength all over the world.
1783 | Birth
On April 16, Joaquina de Vedruna was born in Barcelona.
1799 | Marriage
On March 24, Joaquina’s marriage to Teodoro de Mas is celebrated.
1816 | Widowhood
Teodoro dies and Joaquina is left with 6 of the 9 children they had together.
1822 | Exile
Because of the war, Joaquina went into exile in Prades (France) with her family for 8 months.
1826 | Foundation
On January 6, Joaquina made her religious profession. On February 26, she founded the Carmelite Congregation of the Vedruna Charity.
1840 | Exile
Because of the war, Joaquina went into exile in Perpignan (France) with 15 sisters for 3 years.
1854 | Death
On August 28, Joaquina fell ill and died at the age of 71, accompanied by her sisters, entrusting the Vedruna Family to their care. Leaving 30 Vedruna communities scattered throughout Catalonia.
1912 | America
1st foundation in America: El Plata Argentina.
1948 | Asia
1st foundation in Asia: Kobe Japan.
1957 | Africa
1st foundation in Africa: Kimbau D.R. Congo.
1959 | Canonization
On April 12, the Church recognizes Joaquina as a Saint. It is celebrated on May 22.