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Casa Natal Sor Maria Romero Meneses - Historical Building Granada - Nicaragua

Maria Romero Meneses (1902-1977) is known as Central America’s first official saint for her humanitarian work and miracles. At the age of 12, she suffered from a form of rheumatic fever which left her paralyzed for six months. She attributed her full recovery to the intercession and apparition of Our Lady Help of Christians. After her recovery, María decided her calling was to be a Salesian sister.

The Granada native was sent to San Jose in 1931 and dedicated her life to helping the poor of Costa Rica. She taught, created food distribution centers and opened both a medical clinic and a school for poor girls. An excellent fundraiser, who was able to unite wealthy patrons with poor causes, María was able to organize the construction of new homes for poverty stricken families. The village of Centro San José, where the first seven such buildings were constructed, eventually expanded to include a market, school, job training center and church.

María died in 1977 at a Salesian house in León and was buried in a chapel in San José. Pope John Paul II authorized her beatification on April 14, 2002. Her canonization is still pending. She has been called both the female John Bosco and the Social Apostle of Costa Rica.

The colonial house where María was born is now a small museum and sanctuary dedicated to her. The building is located one block south east of Xalteva church and Parque Xalteva. The room where she was born has been converted into a chapel and Mass is held there twice a week. In an adjacent room are family pictures, quotations, original writings and other objects of the famous Nicaraguan nun. There is also a small shop that sells religious objects, and souvenirs. Note that all the information is in Spanish.

On Calle Estrada, you'll also be able to find a tiny chapel dedicated to María, with more information about her life and work.

Granada, Nicaragua

Historical Building Types:
Spiritual/Religious, Spiritual/Religious

Here are other activities in and around Granada that may be of interest: Iglesia Xalteva, Iglesia de Guadalupe, Cathedral, Pueblos Blanco, Antigua Estación de Ferrocaril, La Capilla María Romero Meneses, Maverick's and Iglesia la Merced.

13 Oct 2009

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