Encarnita Ortega was born in 1920 in Galicia (Spain). At age 20, she met Saint Josemaría and discovered her vocation to Opus Dei: from that point on, she began to put her professional and human talents at the service of God. She worked for several years in the government of Opus Dei in Rome, alongside the Founder himself. Upon returning to Spain, she directed training initiatives for women and took an active role in activities related to fashion and culture. She died in Pamplona in 1995, with a reputation for holiness.
Dora del Hoyo Alonso, whose cause of canonization opened on June 18, 2012, dedicated her life to the work of the home. According to Dora, it was through her own family that she first learned to love caring for the home and to value working hard and well. Her example helped many to value ordinary work as a means of growing closer to God.
An article published by Ana Sastre in the journal Studia et Documenta, of the Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer Historical Institute (Rome, Italy).