1845 May 31:

Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola was born in the farmhouse of Berrospe, Andoain, Guipuzcoa, Spain. 

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     Photo of the Old Caserio                                  Caserio  as it is now


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  Nativity Room of St. Candida Maria de Jesus



The artisan family of Cipitria y Barriola transfers its residence to Tolosa, Guipuzcoa, Spain. Fr. Martin Barriola, a priest who is the chaplain to the House of Mercy becomes the first spiritual director of Juana Josefa. 

1861  Juana Josefa makes the firm, decision to consecrate herself to                  God: "I am for God alone”. 



She starts working as a servant in the house of Mr. and Mrs. Sabater-Becerra in Burgos. In this city she seeks for the first time spiritual direction from the priests of the Society of Jesus. First from Fr. Raymundo Sureda, SJ, Vice-Rector of the Minor Seminary and then, when he is transferred to another city, from Fr. Rafael San Juan SJ.