Venerable Francisca de la Concepción Pascual Doménech, Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

Promulgation of Decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 29 September 2020, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Francisca de la Concepción Pascual Doménech Pascual Doménech, Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate; born on 13 October 1833 in Moncada (Spain) and died there on 26 April 1903.

 

Venerable Francisca de la Concepción Pascual Doménech

Venerable Francisca Pascual Doménech (1833-1903) spent the first years of her religious life in the Beguinage of the Tertiaries of St. Francis of Valencia. Elected superior of the community, she proposed to her companions the observance of new constitutions centred on love for poverty, obedience and the exercise of works of charity. The Archbishop of Valencia approved the reform in 1876. Thus was born the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, dedicated to an apostolate relevant to the needs of the time. They cared for the human and Christian education of children and young people and in particular the blind and deaf, and provided centres of protection for young people. Mother Francisca stood out for her deep Marian devotion and genuine Franciscan spirituality nurtured by the Eucharist, prayer, penance and contemplation of the Lord’s Passion. She was a woman of hope, striving for good, with her thoughts continually turned to heaven. The Cause for Beatification began in 1989.