Who is Dora?

Dora del Hoyo, A Professional Homemaker

Dora del Hoyo, A Professional Homemaker

Dora del Hoyo Alonso was born on January 11, 1914, in Boca de Huergano, a small town in northern Spain. Through her family, she learned to love the work of the home and to value working hard and well. Her example helped many to value ordinary work as a means of growing closer to God. Her cause of canonization opened on June 18, 2012.

Time For Others

Time For Others

"Diligence is a virtue that especially characterized Dora," recalls Ma. Carmen Cominges, "She really knew how to maximize her time. It was typical to hear her say, 'As I have a few minutes to spare, I'm going to take advantage of them.'"

Video: Opening of Dora's Cause of Canonization

A video summary that shows the ceremony of the opening of the Cause of Canonization of Salvadora del Hoyo. It also includes a brief narration of the life of the woman who sanctified herself taking care of her house and others. “The Christian example and fidelity of this woman,” said Bishop Javier Echevarria, “will help strengthen the ideal of a spirit of service and spread in our society the importance of the family.”

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"Chicken biryani, thanks to Dora"

"Chicken biryani, thanks to Dora"

Dora del Hoyo's example is an inspiration for the young people working in the Jahazi Conference Centre in Mombasa, Kenya. "I work in Jahazi Conference Centre situated in Mombasa, Kenya. My work is like Dora’s, and because of that I go to her intercession often, asking her to help me with the work at hand and with the formation of the young people working with me." The first phase of Dora's cause of canonization was recently concluded in Rome.

"No one is born a saint, but Dora struggled to be one."

"What I like about Dora is the way that she loved others," says Lucka from the Czech Republic. Lucka is 15 years old and got to know Dora by reading her biography, A Lighted Lamp. "Of course, no one is born a saint, but Dora struggled to be one. In her presence, everyone felt loved and at the same time, she loved each person in a special way, without having preferences. I think that if we were more like her, we would make life more pleasant for others."

One Like Us on the Way to Sainthood

One Like Us on the Way to Sainthood

I met Dora in 1995, when domestic work was far from my life and even farther from my mind. Dora and I happened to coincide on two occasions in particular in a period of about two months time. This however was enough for me to realize how she was, how she lived, for whom and why she had spent her days giving of herself to the full. There was no need for long explanations to grasp the meaning of her existence. Dora knew the meaning of her life and the path to achieve it to the full.

Changing Our Floors

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Changing Our Floors

​Some time ago, we decided to change part of the floor of the house. When the workers went to collect the new wood we had chosen, they found that the...

An Order of 26 Cakes

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An Order of 26 Cakes

I run a small bakery business out of my home, and my mother gave me Dora’s prayer card. I pray to Dora every day asking for her help in my...

Favor after favor

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Favor after favor

With this story, I wish to thank Dora for all the times she has lent me a hand. If it were not for her, many times I wouldn't make it to the end of...

A House

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A House

I would like to share a favor I received from God through the intercession of Dora. We are a married couple with five children, ages ranging from 6 to...

My Dog Romulus

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My Dog Romulus

My dog Romulus, a three-month old puppy, had been sick for some time. We brought him to the vet twice, and then finally they kept him there overnight....