19 Dec Servant of God Luisa María Andaluz, Founder of the Congregation Handmaids of Our Lady of Fatima
Promulgation of the Decree of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints
Venerable Luiza Andaluz
On December 18, 2017, the Holy Father Francis received his Eminence the most reverend Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints in audience. The Supreme Pontiff authorized the said Congregation to promulgate the Decree in respect of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Luisa Maria Andaluz Langstroth Figueira De Sousa Vadre S. Marta Mesquita e Melo, Founder of the Congregation Handmaids of Our Lady of Fatima, born at Santarém, (Patriarchate of Lisbon) on 12th February 1877 and dying at Lisbon on 20th August 1973.
The Venerable Luisa Andaluz (1877-1973) belonged to the noble Portugese Andaluz Langstroth Figueira De Sousa Vadre S. Marta Mesquita e Melo which has deep Christian roots. From her childhood she lavished help upon the poor. A cultured, far-sighted and virtuous woman she promoted worthy charitable works in an age when Portugal ran rampant with anti-clericalism and religious orders were suppressed. She gave the goods inherited from her family and indeed her entire life to needy youth. She gathered a group of collaborators around her and with them founded the Congregation of Sisters, Handmaids of Our Lady of Fatima (1923). Her cause for beatification was entrusted to Rev. Fr. Luca M. De Rosa, OFM, Postulator General of the Order of Friars Minor in 2001.