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Investigative Phase of Dora Del Hoyo’s Cause of Canonization Concluded

On October 24, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, presided over the closure of the investigative phase the cause of canonization of Dora del Hoyo, a faithful of the Prelature. The ceremony was held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.


Bishop Echevarría stressed that the servant of God spread “serenity and peace” around her and that “she helped others to be faithful on their path of following our Lord.” He also made reference to her “professionalism, respect and attentiveness to everyone, and the way in which she approached all the different problems that came her way, with a lot of naturalness.”


In the last four years, the life, the virtues and the reputation for holiness of Dora del Hoyo (1914–2004) were the object of study on the part of the tribunal of the Prelature of Opus Dei, which interrogated numerous witnesses who had known her. The documentation gathered was presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


Dora del Hoyo was already devoting herself professionally to household tasks when she discovered the message of sanctifying ordinary work preached by St. Josemaría Escrivá. She joined Opus Dei in 1946, and with her professional competence,


cheerfulness, and generous self-giving, she contributed to spreading the value of work done well for love of God and neighbor, among young people all over the world.

Romana, No. 63, July-December 2016, pag. 352.