Augustinian Recollects of the Sacred Heart
We´re a congregation founded in Maracay, Venezuela on January 1st 1901 by Bishop Justo Vicente Lopez Aveledo and our Mother María de San José Alvarado, today the first Venezuelan blessed; in the time of challenges and difficulties. Together, following the motion of the Holy Spirit, they founded, in the midst of extreme poverty, the first hospital in Maracay, followed it by many works in favor of the poorest and needy.
Since the beginnings our Congregation was responding to the social crisis of the moment, from the evangelical values and from the love of Jesus Eucharist. Today, after more than a century of existence within the Church, our mission is carried out by the Divine Providence, the powerful hand of God, who does not disregard the cry of his children.
In many ways, we continue to walk, under the light of faith, next to the one who has nothing and the one who needs us most. Among the different apostolates that we exercise we are in: social apostolate, educational apostolate, social media, evangelization ministries, health care to which spiritual attention is added to people who request it in our communities and visits to the poorest in homes, hospitals, neighborhoods, garbage dumps and prisons; we support the pastoral ministry in parishes and public schools, everything under the constant intercession from prayer and adoration, prayer assemblies etc. In short, the list of spiritual and pastoral action of our religious family is endless.
We carry out all this through the Augustinian Recollect charism that we have received from our founders and the mission that the Church entrusts to us, walking each day guided by the signs of the times that we have to live in our social reality in our works and our own experiences … with the sole purpose of glorifying God for everything He does for us, with us and through us in the heart of the needy brother.
Hna. Luisana Cruz
Hna. Isabel López