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.
The stories of Dora del Hoyo and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo - both in process of canonization - are very much connected. Both responded with fidelity to God's call to spread throughout the world the message that all of us can be saints in ordinary life, through ordinary work.
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.
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.