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.

History[edit]

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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia de la Congregación". Adoratrices. 
  2. ^ "St. Maria Michaela Desmaisieres". Catholic Online. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.publico.es/actualidad/mujeres-victimas-reformatorios-franquistas-premiar.html
  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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