Brief History of the Congregation:
In 1841, our Foundress, Maria Rosa Molas y Vallvé, joins the Sisters of Charity of Reus, a Corporation that since 1838 lived marginal to the eclesial authority.
In 1849, with another four companions, she is sent by her Superior to Tortosa to be in charge of the House of Mercy.
In 1851 and 1852, respectively, she is made responsible of the Official School for Girls and the Hospital of the Holy Cross of the same city.
While in Tortosa, our Mother Foundress, deeply immersed in the local Church, reflects about the juridical status of the Sisters of Charity of Reus and tries, without success, to have them placed under the legitimate ecclesial authority.
She open, then a way for the designs of God, and decides to give birth to a new religious Congregation.
On March 14, 1857, “unable to suffer any longer the present condition of being spiritual orphans in which they find themselves” Maria Rosa and the eleven sisters of the Communities of Tortosa “with the most perfect unanimity”1 ask to be admitted under the guidance and obedience of the diocesan ecclesial authority.
On April 6th of the same year, the Chapter Vicar of the Diocese welcomes our Foundress, her sisters and “others who might join them in the future, under his obedience, protection and spiritual guidance”2.
On the 19th of the same month, first Sunday after Easter, they profess the first public Vows at the hands of the Chapter Vicar, Rev. Angelo Sancho.
On September 14, 1858, another Chapter Vicar, Rev. Ramon Manero, comfirms the newborn Institute and, “in as much as the apostolic activities the Sisters carry out are all oriented to console their neighbors,” provides the name of Congregation of Sisters of Consolation3, for the Communities of Tortosa and “ others who in the future would originate from them”.
On January 4, 1868 the Bishop of Tortosa Monsignor Benito Villamitjana, approves our first legislation composed by the Common Rule of the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Consolation and the Statutes of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation.
On October 2, 1888, the Institute receives the Decree of Praise from H.H Pope Leo XIII, thus becoming a Congregation of Pontifical Right.
On June 19, 1901, the Holy See, under the same Supreme Pontiff, grants the definitive approval of our Congregation.
Since then Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation have been continuing through education, health, social and missionary work the Charism of Consolation. Now we are present in four Continents in 19 countries serving the needy and bringing them the mercy and consolation of God.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation is a religious Congregation of pontifical right. Our Foundress is Saint Maria Rosa Molas i Vallvé. She founded the Congregation by the impulse of her strong and personal ecclesial sense. We live our consecration to God, through the perpetual vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, in fraternal community, and for the service of the Mission of the Church, according the charisma of our Foundress.
By apostolic vocation, we are sending to extend the evangelizing deed of Christ among which suffers any need. With our service of charity, we will show them the gratuitousness and tenderness of “the merciful love of the Father”, and shall proclaim them to Jesus as the unique and authentic consolation for all. We realize this Mission through the Christian education, the service of the sick, the social work, the missionary action, and others ministries according to our Charisma, and to the needs of the men and women through the History.
Thrust We live our consecrated life in community with deep experience of God and fraternal love to be an instrument of Mercy and Consolation in the ministries in which we are trusted. We bring Consolation to whomever and wherever it is needed. The name of our congregation expresses our charisma and
summarizes our mission.
Main Charisma/Main Apostolate/Ministry
Our Saint Mother receives one vocation and one special grace (Charisma) which makes her “instrument of mercy and consolation” , to relieve the physic and moral miseries of the more needy of her time. Her consoling action is born from an intensive experience of God that she would express with the words of Saint Paul: “Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Christ Jesus, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions, and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him”. (2Cor 1,3-4)