In the early 20th century, Mexico was in utter turmoil, and the Catholic Church was under political and military attack. But in that moment of darkness, the Lord chose one widow to found, against all odds, a religious community that still serves the Kingdom of God more than 100 years later. This is the story of Venerable Maria del Refugio.
This in-depth exploration of the incredible life and triumphant tale devoted to our mother foundress will be released in four installments over the next four weeks. You will receive an email with the video straight to your inbox each Friday. Stay tuned!
Before she founded the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Maria del Refugio was a faithful wife whose witness even converted her husband. Her vocation as a wife prepared her for the rest of her life after her husband’s untimely death.
Venerable Maria Del Refugio’s motherhood would form the foundation for her religious community. Experiencing the joys and extreme sorrows of raising two children, she knew the importance of a mother’s example.
A natural leader, intent on serving the Lord, Venerable Maria del Refugio would be a force to be reckoned with. She persevered, with the grace of God, to found a community devoted to redeeming through the Eucharist despite all resistance!
George Foulkes, the Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Venerable Maria Del Refugio, gives his own reflections on her life and legacy, and explains why she is a powerful intercessor for our times.