In her more than fifty years of religious life Blessed Josephine was known
for her simplicity, devoted service to the community, and remarkable spirit
of contemplative prayer.
Josephine Teresa was the name which a poor but honorable couple chose
for the daughter who was born to them on 9 January 1625 in the village of
Beniganim near Valencia, Spain. On 25 October 1643, when she was eighteen
years of age, Josephine entered the Augustinian convent in her hometown
as a lay sister and received the name Josephine Mary of Saint Agnes. By
her sisters in religion she was more commonly known as Mother Iñez.
Though she had a minimal formal education, she possessed a gift of counsel
and a noteworthy understanding of theological matters. Because of this,
as well as a remarkable gift of spiritual discernment, her advice was sought
by some of the most important and influential people of Spain.
Josephine died on the feast of her patroness, Saint Agnes, 21 January
1694. The archdiocese of Valencia initiated the examination of her cause
for beatification which resulted in her beatification on 26 February 1888
by Pope Leo XIII. An authoritative biography of Blessed Josephine Mary was
written by her confessor, Father Philip Benevent, the pastor of Beniganim.
The body of Blessed Mother Iñez rests in the convent which was her
home for more than half a century.
Her feast is observed by the Augustinian Family on 23 January.