The first issue of the newsletter about the Servant of God Dora del Hoyo is now in print and available for download. Its title is "Dora del Hoyo: A Professional Homemaker."
"Dora: Rozpalony płomień" is the title of Dora del Hoyo's biography in Polish, recently published by Editorial Apostolicum. The book, originally in Spanish and written by Javier Medina Bayo, is now available in five languages. It tells the story of the first woman in Opus Dei to dedicate her life to the work of the home, a woman who is now in process of Canonization.
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."
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.
"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.'"
One morning, I went out shopping for some work tools at a shopping center where I expected to find everything. But after 3 hours, I had only found one of the items I was looking for.
I recently told Dora that if she could get me this one favor, I would write up all the other ones that she's gotten for me as well. Since Dora never lets me down, here I am following suit.
As a custom, I usually check the Opus Dei website to see if there is any new material I can pray with, or any piece of news to keep me informed. One day I read the news that the Prelate of Opus Dei was asking for testimonies of favors received through the intercession of Dora del Hoyo. I had no idea who Dora del Hoyo even was.