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October 21


Saint of the day:
Saint Laura Montoya
also known as Colombian Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena

Patron Saint of People suffering from racial discrimination, Orphans,

Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Mary and of Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Laura Montoya's Story

As a young woman, Laura Montoya Upegui, of Jerico, Colombia, became an elementary schoolteacher to help support her widowed mother. Having developed her spiritual life through devotion to the Eucharist and meditation upon the Scriptures, Laura felt drawn to the religious life of the Discalced Carmelites. Yet her zeal also instilled in her a longing for an active, missionary apostolate, particularly to assist the Indian peoples of South America. Laura was determined to combat the anti-Indian bigotry in her society, and to give her own life to the Indians' evangelization. Finally, at the age of forty, having resolved to "become an Indian with the Indians to win them all for Christ," Laura journeyed to Dabeiba with four other women to begin a religious congregation devoted to the service of the Indians, the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and Saint Catherine of Siena. As mother superior, she imparted to the congregation a rule that combined contemplation with action. After having spent the last nine years of her life confined to a wheelchair, Mother Laura died on October 21, 1949.








Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Medellín

Cra. 56 #48-26, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


Mother Laura Ethnographic Museum

Cra. 92 #3525, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia





Buñuelos Colombianos (Colombian Buñuelos)
Buñuelos are fried breakfast dough. These little fried balls of cheese and yucca flour are eaten with coffee or hot chocolate. Sometimes Colombians put cheese in their hot chocolate, let it melt, stir it and dip their bread in it.



  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • 3/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup yucca flour or tapioca starch

  • 1 cup finely grated feta cheese

  • 1/2 cup finely grated Queso fresco, fresh farmer cheese, or mozzarella

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Place all the ingredients, except the oil in a medium bowl and mix well using your
    hands until soft dough is obtained. Form small balls using your hands.

  2. In a deep pot, heat the vegetable oil to 300°F (Warm, not very hot).
    Carefully drop the balls in the warm oil.

  3. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, turn the heat up and fry until golden brown.
    Remove from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
    Top with powder sugar (optional). Serve with coffee.

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