Founders of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne
Mother Maria Rafols, together with Fr. John Bonal founded the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne on December 28, 1804 in the Royal and General Hospital of Our Lady of Grace, Zaragoza, Spain. The sisters first surrendered themselves at the feet of the Blessed Virgin [Virgen Del Pilar] offering their hopes of tomorrow, and the reality of today – the Nascent Fraternity.
BLESSED MARIA RAFOLS:
Motto: “Love without Frontiers”
Attitude: “Generous self-giving”
Key to success: “Contemplation in Action”
Love Offering: Maria made her life an offering of love. “A candle lit cannot be kept hidden”. Charity cannot be kept ideal or shut within narrow limits. Charity is ever expanding and leading to more heroic deeds. Maria Rafols exercised her charity without counting the hours of the day.
Dedication: Maria dedicated herself with wholehearted affection, tenderness and diligent care, giving the best to the person.
Portraits of Maria: Woman of prayer, Voice of the voiceless, Pillar of the weak and sorrowful, princess of peace, Heroine of Charity, woman of heart, strong arm of consolation, Woman of prudence and tactfulness, a hospitable woman, an edifying teacher, witness of love and compassion.
[MOTHER MARIA RAFOLS WAS BEATIFIED BY
POPE JOHN PAUL II ON THE 16th OF OCTOBER 1994 IN ROME]
Fr. John Bonal:
A Divine Birth: God’s Ambassador, Apostle of the Poor, Hero of charity, Outstanding and effective teacher, a Genuine and affective priest, a Tireless evangelizer, a Missionary on feet, Beggar and suffering servant, Spiritual director of the sisterhood, a Man tireless and remitting in serving, Witness of love and compassion.
A man at the beck and call of the little ones, the sick, the imprisoned, orphaned, abandoned, the needy, the youth, the hungry and the thirsty.