St. Rafaela Porras y Ayllón Biography
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|
|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|
|Patron Saint of|
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.