Laura Carmen Vicuna was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1891. When she realised that her mother was living in a sinful situation, she offered herself to the Lord to bring about her conversion; she increased her penances and, with the permission of her confessor, took private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Worn out by sacrifices and sickness she confided in her mother "Mummy, I am dying! Some time ago I asked Jesus to bring you back to God and I offered my life for you... Mummy, before I die, can I have the joy of seeing you turn back to him?" Her request was granted and she died peacefully on the evening of 22nd January 1904.