Mary Rose Molas Y Vallve


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Foundress (1815–76).

Born of a shopkeeping family at Reus near Tarragona (Spain), she became a nun in 1841 in her home town, working in hospitals and almshouses. In 1849 she was sent as superior to Tortosa, further south, where she took charge of a house of 300 inmates, including the old and the sick, children, and babies. This daunting task involved restoring order from chaos and substantially improving the standard of living. After eight years she found that her Congregation had been established in an irregular way. After much heart-searching she and twelve colleagues placed themselves under the local bishop and became the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation. They cared for the physical and educational needs of the deprived, especially children. They work nowadays particularly in the Third World: South America, Asia, and Africa. Mary Rose died at Tortosa in 1876: she was beatified in 1977 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Feast: 11 June.

B.L.S., vi. 91–2;Bibl. SS., ix. 536.

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