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 needed to find a presentation that I had prepared the year before in order to give a course of Christian formation. I looked through all the documents saved on my computer, but I couldn't find it. I decided to turn to Dora, and I prayed, "Dear Dora, you know how much I need this presentation - help me find this."
I teach baking and confectionary classes at an institute, and I pray to Dora for favors daily, asking for little things, especially because she knows this field well and she always helps me. One time in particular in which I noted her intercession happened when I was teaching a class about ice cream.
Here is a favor that I attribute to the intercession of Dora del Hoyo. My daughter was very unwell one day. She lives far away from me, and she needed her husband to come home early, if possible, or on time from work, but he had an important task he had to complete.