Maria Antonia Pereira

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María Antonia Pereira do Campo

Cuntis, Galicia,Spain
Died1760 (aged 59–60)
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
OccupationReligious Galician
Known forKnown as the Sierva of God María Antonia of Jesus, or Monxiña of the Penedo

María Antonia Pereira do Campo, born in Cuntis (1700) and died in Santiago de Compostela (1760), was a religious Galician, known as the Sierva of God María Antonia of Jesus, or Monxiña of the Penedo.


Pereira was a servant in Santiago de Compostela and Baiona before traveling to Madrid. Her marriage was arranged by her family and, the time after marriage, her husband and two children embraced the religious life in different orders.

In the capital, after working as a servant, she joined the community carmelita of Alcalá de Henares. With important ecclesiastical and economic support, she returned to Santiago and, there, after surpassing the reticencias of the Archbishop, opened a new order of closure, begin the works that started her convent, which was directed by the carmelitas José of the Saints and José of the Saint Spirit.[1]

Known as the Monxiña of the Penedo because of her place of birth, Pereira went on to become the founder of the convent of discalced carmelites of Compostela in 1748, and the Roman Catholic Church considered Pereira as venerable due to her virtues. Much of her work was conserved in the convent.[1]


In 1761, Pereira's canonization started but halted temporary in 1770.

On 25 January 1993, by the authority of the then archbishop compostelano, Cardinal Antonio María Ronco Varela restarted the canonization process, concluding it on 14 June 1996, and submitting it to theCongregation for the Causes of the Saints on 25 July 1999. In 2007, the canonization received the approval of the Historical Commission (Positio) and Pereira received the title of Sierva of God.[2]


  • Spiritual building. Santiago de Compostela: Bibliófilos Galician, 1954
  • Spiritual notes (Handwritten). 1729-1730
  • Autobiography (Handwritten). 1737-1738, 1754-1755


  1. 1.0 1.1 Madre María Antonia de Jesús (Pereira y Andrade) on the official blog for the carmelite.
  2. Cronologia on the official blog for the carmelite.

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