Venerable Teresa Chikaba was a Guinean princess who was kidnapped by Spanish sailors and sold into slavery. In the 1700`s she attempted to enter a convent but was refused due to her race. Finally, the convent of the Dominican Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Mary Magdalene accepted her. However, the bishop would only allow her to be a maid in the convent. Finally, after several years and now with the bishop’s blessing, she was accepted as a fully professed Dominican Sister. Teresa died on December 6, 1748. She was known for the care she gave to the poor, sick and down-hearted. Her acts of charity, her mystical experiences, and her fame as a healer or miracle worker moved her order soon after her death to commission two portraits of her for purposes of local veneration.
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