Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saint Rafaela Porras y Ayllón – Saint of the Day – January 6

St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón Biography

St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón Profile. Born: 1 March 1850 in Spain, Europe. Worked in Spain. Died: 6 January 1925 in Rome, Italy. Feast Day is celebrated on January 6.


The Memorial of St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón – Saint of the Day

St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1 March 1850
Country of Birth Spain of Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Nuns/Sisters
Profession Nun
Place of Work Spain
Date of Death 6 January 1925
Place of Death Rome, Italy
Feast Day January 6
Beatification Beatified by Pope Pius XII on 18 May 1952
Canonization Canonized by Pope Paul VI on 23 January 1977 
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Saint’s Biography

Saint Rafaela Porras y Ayllón was born on March 1, 1850, in Pedro Abad, Cordoba, Spain. She was the tenth of the thirteen children, her father was the mayor. Four of the siblings died early and her father died when she was four years. Rafaela’s mother also died when she was 19 and left Rafaela and her older sister Dolores in charge of the big household.

In 1873, the two sisters entered the monastery of the Sisters of Marie Reparatrice in Cordova, Spain. They were invited there by p. Ortíz Urruela. When the bishop was asked to leave the French sisters and other 15 novices stayed to form a new community. Rafaela became the leader of them.

But when they were ready to make the vows in 1877, Bishop González presented them with a new rule that he had written himself. The rule differed from what they were about to make vows. They faced the choice to indulge in something foreign or go back home, so they escaped.

In 1877, Rafaela and Dolores took their vows forming the basis for the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart, a congregation devoted to teaching children and helping at retreats. In 1877, the congregation received papal approval and Rafaela served as the congregation’s mother general. The sisters soon had houses throughout Spain and began to spread abroad. She resigned in 1893, spending her remaining 32 years in quiet prayer at her congregation’s house in Rome, Italy.


She died on January 6, 1925, at Rome, Italy of natural causes.

Saint Rafaela Porras y Ayllón
St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón