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.
Many people all over the world seek Dora's intercession to help them in their daily life. Here you will find her prayer card for private devotion. You can learn more about favors received through Dora's intercession in the "Favors" section.
Scepter Publishers has recently published "Dora del Hoyo, A Lighted Lamp", an English translation of a biography of Dora (original title: "Dora del Hoyo, Una Luz Encendida") The book, written by Javier Medina Bayo, tells the story of Dora's life, based on the testimony of her family and those who lived with her.
We interviewed Bishop Jose Luis Gutierrez, Postulator of the Cause of Canonization for Dora del Hoyo. He knew Dora personally as well. "Dora's work was to create the warmth of a home for those around her, whom she considered her family."
For a ceremony held in Boca de Huergano to mark the centenary of Dora del Hoyo’s birth, the Prelate of Opus Dei sent a message and Pope Francis sent his apostolic blessing.
I've encouraged my friends to ask Dora's help and taught them how to use the prayer card and also where to write the favour once Dora granted it. Two of these friends found their cell phones, another was able to salvage her laptop after spilling tea on it, and another was able to remove a nasty stain from a silk fabric...
I have bad feet and a lot of arthritis, but thanks to her I now have a pair of shoes that I call my “Dora shoes” because they don’t hurt my feet. She is my advisor on these topics.
I read the book "Dora del Hoyo: A Lighted Lamp" almost in one-sitting after someone lent it to me. At the time, one of my daughters was suffering a lot of pain due to a kidney stone. She was home alone with her one-month old baby...