St. Angela of the Cross Guerrero was born in Spain in January 1846. From a young age, St. Angela devoted herself to prayer. She joined religious orders twice, but her poor health required her to return to her family both times. St. Angela had a vision in 1873 that she had a mission to care for the poor. In August 1875, she began the Congregation of the Cross to work with the sick, the poor, orphans and the homeless. Before St. Angela died in 1932, the congregation grew to have 23 convents.