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Famous Venezuelans 08 Apr 2003
[Saints] [Scientists][Writers] [Poets] [Artists] [Composers] [Musicians] [Singers] [Designers] [Beauties] [Actors] [Baseball Players] [Boxers] [Other Athletes] [Bullfighters]


The Saints

[Madre María] [José Gregorio Hernández] [Madre Emilia] [Madre Candelaria] [Madre Marcelina] [Carmén Rendiles]


Beata Madre María de San José

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La Madre María de San José was born on April 25, 1875. Her parents, Clemente and Margarita Alvarado named her Laura. She was their first daughter. Her father did not believe in the doctrines for the Catholic Church, but he was very respectful of his wife and his daughter and their beliefs. Laura had a younger brother and a younger sister and an older half-brother. When Laura was three years old, the family moved from Choroní to Maracay. Laura's parents were able to send her to school, and she enjoyed her studies very much.

In 1893, Laura was 18 years old and Father Vicente Lopez Aveledo came to Maracay to found the city's first hospital, the Hospital of San Jose. Laura joined the group of "Samaritans," dedicated to supporting the hospital. Laura worked very hard in the hospital. She spent many long hours caring for very sick people. Her dedication was extraordinary.

In 1901, Laura was 26 years old. Under the direction of Father Lopez, Laura founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor Men of Saint Augustine. Laura became Madre María. For the next 60 years, Madre María traveled throughout Venezuela establishing hospitals.

In 1960, Madre María was 85 years old. She retired as the leader of the order. In 1963, she suffered a stroke and in 1967 she died from bronchitis.

In 1995, 28 years after her death, Pope John Paul II officially declared her to be a beatified saint of the church. A beatified saint is different from a canonized saint in that a beatified saint is "proposed as a Christian model for the imitation and veneration of other Christians - of a particular religious order, or of a particular nation or diocese." The canonized Saint is proposed to the entire Church for imitation and veneration."1

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Venerable José Gregorio Hernández
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Dr. José Gregorio Hernández was born on October 26, 1864 in Isnotú, state of Trujillo, 310 miles from Caracas. His parents were Antonio and Josefa Hernández. Antonio Hernández was descended from Colombian ancestors. Josepha was from Spain.

In 1889, at the age of 25, José Gregorio was studying in Paris. The government of Venezuela had sent him on a scholarship to bring modern medicine back to Venezuela. In addition to his serious studies in science and medicine, he also learned to play the violin a little.

In 1890, at the age of 26, José Gregorio was still in Paris when he got word of his father's death in Venezuela. José Gregorio was deeply troubles that he could not be there at his father's side at the time of his passing. He transferred legal power to his sister's brother-in-law in order to settle the estate. He also gave his share of the inheritance to his nephews.

In 1891, at the age of 27, the doctor became a professor at the Central University of Venezuela. A special position had been created for him by the president of the republic. He was to establish the history of normal, pathological and experimental physiology and bacteriology.

In 1908 at the age of 44, José Gregorio joined an order. For this reason he was always dressed in black with a goat-skin shirt.

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Venerable Madre Emilia

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Madre Candelaria de San José

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Madre Marcelina de San José,

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Madre Carmén Rendiles

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The Scientists

[Humberto Fernández Morán] [Jacinto Convit] [Rafael Rangel] [José Gregorio Hernández] [José María Vargas] [Enrique Tejera] [Arnoldo Gabaldón] [Alberto J. Fernández] [Felix Pifano] [Elías J. Benarroch] [Tarcisio Anzola] [César Quintana] [Juan Manuel Cajigal] [Francisco A. Risquez]


The Writers

[José Gil Fortul] [Teresa de la Parra] [Nicanor Bolet Peraza] [Arístides Rojas] [Juan Vicente González] [Mariano Picón Salas] [Rómulo Gallegos] [Cecilio Acosta] [Arturo Uslar Pietri] [Antonio Arraiz] [Rafael María Baralt] [Andrés Bello] [Simón Bolívar] [Eduardo Blanco] [Mario Briceño Iragorri] [Julio Calcaño] [Pedro Emilio Coll] [Ramón Díaz Sánchez] [Manuel Díaz Rodríguez] [Pedro César Dominici] [Tulio Febres Cordero] [Francisco González Guinan] [Santiago Key Ayala] [Vicente Lecuna] [Don Francisco de Miranda] [Miguel Otero Silva] [José Oviedo y Baños] [Lucila Palacios] [Caracciolo Parra Pérez] [Gonzalo Picón Febres] [Mariano Picón Salas] [José Rafael Pocaterra] [Fermín Toro] [Luis Manuel Urbaneja Achepol] [Valentín Espinal]


The Poets

[José Antonio Pérez Bonalde] [Antonio Arraiz] [Rufino Blanco Fombona] [Eduardo Carreño] [Francisco Lazo Martí] [Andrés Mata] [Aquiles Nazoa]


The Artists

[Arturo Michelena] [Tito Salas] [Armando Reverón] [Bárbaro Rivas] [Emilio Boggio] [ Manuel Cabré] [Pedro Centeno Vallenilla] [Carmelo Fernández] [Antonio Herrera Toro] [Juan Pedro López] [Luis A. López Mendez] [Juan Lovera] [Mateo Manaure] [Emilio J. Mauri] [Rafael Monasterio] [Hector Poleo] [Cristóbal Rojas] [Martín Tovar y Tovar] [Virgilio Trompiz] [Federico Brandt] [Tomás Lorenzo Golding] [Eduardo Schlageter] [marcos Castillo] [Jesus Soto] [Marisol Escobar] [Alejandro Otero] [ Jesús Soto] [Carlos Cruz Diez] [Jacobo Borges] [Francisco Narváez]


The Composers

[Teresa Carreño] [Vicente Emilio Sojo] [Inocente Carreño] [Eduardo Serrano] [ Antonio Lauro] [Evencio Castellanos] [Antonio Estévez] [ María Luisa Escobar] [Lino Gallardo] [Pedro Elías Gutierrez] [José Angel Lamas] [Juan José Landaeta] [Angel Sauce] [Simón Diaz] [Chelique Sarabia] [Juan José Caro] [Cayetano Carreño] [ Juan Manuel Olivares] [Juán A Caro de Boesi] [José Francisco Velásquez] [José María Montero]


The Musicians

[Pedro Palacios y Sojo] [Teresa Carreño] [Judith Jaimes] [Juan Manuel Olivares] [José Luis Landaeta]


The Singers

[Alfredo Sadel] [Carlos Almenar Otero] [José Luis Rodríguez] [Mirla Castellanos] [Oscar de León] [Carlos Mata]


The Designers

[Carolina Herrera] [Angel Sánchez] [Margarita Zing] [Mayela Camacho]


The Beauties

[Maritza Sayalero] [Irene Sáez] [Bárbara Palacios] [Alicia Machado] [Susana Duijm] [Pilín León] [Astrid Carolina Herrera] [Ninibeth Leal] [Jacqueline Aguilera] [Nina Sicilia] [Consuelo Adler]


The Actors

[Amador Bendayán] [Lupita Ferrer] [Ruddy Rodríguez] [Coraima Torres] [Natalia Streignard] [Gabriela Spanick] [Mariela Alcalá] [Grecia Colmenares] [Elluz Peraza] [Sonya Smith] [Nury Flores] [Alfredo Sadel] [Lino Ferrer] [Carlos Mata] [Henry Zakka] [Luis José Santander] [Guillermo Dávila]


The Baseball Players

[Alejandro Carrasquel] [Luis Aparicio] [Luis Salazar] [Luis García] [Luis Leal] [David Concepción] [Alfonso Carrasquel] [ Alejandro Carrasquel] [Andrés Galarraga] [Antonio Armas] [Jesús Marcano Trillo] [Baudilio Díaz] [Omar Vizquel] [Victor Davalillo] [Wilson Alvarez] [Oswaldo Guillén] [Ugueth Urbina] [José Bracho] [César Tovar] [Vidal López] [Enzo Hernández] [Pompeyo Davalillo] [Wilson Alvarez] [Teolindo Acosta] [Isaías Chávez] [Gonzalo Márquez]


The Boxers

[Carlos "Morocho" Hernández] [Ramón Arias] [Francisco "Morochito" Rodríguez] [António Esparragoza] [Alfredo Marcano] [Antonio Gómez] [Sonny León] [Vicente Paul Rondón] [Betulio González] [Pedro Gómez] [Bernardo Piñango] [Pedro Gamarro] [Alfredo Pérez] [Leo Gámez] [Luis "Lumumba" Estaba] [Rafael Oronó]


The Other Athletes

[Carl Herrera] [Teo Capriles] [Ana Victoria Carrasco] [Nicolás Pereira] [Carmén Vistoria Carrasco] [Armando Capriles] [Brígido Iriarte] [ Arlindo Gouveia] [Natasha Hernández] [Rafael Vidal] [Virginia Ruíz] [Yvo Pimentel] [Alfredo Atencio] [Johnny Cecotto] [ Carlos Lavado] [Olinto Silva] [Francisco Sánchez] [Henry Hoyos] [ William Wuyke] [Ivan Palazzese] [Gilberto González] [Ramón Muñoz] [Leonardo Sierra] [Asnoldo Devonish] [Julio Cesar León] [Rafael Romero] [María Alejandra Vento] [Héctor Thomas]


The Bullfighters

[César Guirón] [Luis Sánchez] [Curro Girón]


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