Juanita Fernandez Solar was born in Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900. From her adolescence she was devoted to Christ. She entered the convent of the Discalced (Teresian) Carmelite nuns at Los Andes on May 7, 1919 where she was given the name of Teresa of Jesus. She died on April 12 the following year after having made her religious profession. She was beatified by John Paul II on April 3, 1987 in Santiago, Chile, and proposed as a model for young people. She is the first Chilean and first member of the Teresian Carmel in Latin America to be canonised.