Sisters of Adoration, Slaves of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity

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Adoratrices, Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in 1856 by Saint María Micaela of the Blessed Sacrament in Madrid, Spain.


The Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity was founded in 1856 in Spain.[1] Founder Maria Michaela Desmaisieres was elected Mother General in 1859.[2]

There are serious allegations that, during Franco's dictatorship, they were involved in the institucionalised theft of babies from unmarried women and left-wing activities,[3] as well as in the "reformation and regeneration" of women prisoners.[4]

Current work[edit]

As of 2008, there were about 1,300 members in 22 countries, including Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, and most Latin American countries.[5]

Project "Hope", founded in 1999, includes three homes for women who have been involved in prostitution or human trafficking.[5]

Examples of the Sisters' work can be seen at the following links:


  1. ^ "Historia de la Congregación". Adoratrices. 
  2. ^ "St. Maria Michaela Desmaisieres". Catholic Online. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
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  4. ^ es:Adoratrices Esclavas del Santísimo Sacramento y de la Caridad
  5. ^ a b Testa, Mirko (12 June 2008). "Nuns Help Prostitutes Heal, Give Them Hope". ZENIT. Innovative Media Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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