Blessed Milagros Ortells Gimeno
Feast Day is November 20th
Born in Valencia, November 29 1882, in Zaragoza. She was the third and last child of Enrique Ortells and Donna Dolores Gimeno. She was baptized November 30, 1882 in the parish church of San Juan Bautista. During his childhood she was very devout, and grew up in a predominantly Christian family. Her neighbors recalled that "her devotion was extraordinary, her love of penance to the point that in the church, instead of sitting on a chair, sat on the floor ...".
Sister Virtudes, cappuccino, recalls that Sister Milagros "entered the cappuccino desire for greater perfection. Her mother wanted her to be religious, but was hesitant of her entering the increased regulation of the Capuchin Poor Clares. She entered the Capuchin convent of Valencia October 9, 1902. The sisters there remember that "when she entered, it was with much enthusiasm." In this monastery she held the positions as a nurse, refettoriera, Rotari, sacristan and Mistress of novices, all offices distingused by her fidelity to the tasks.
Her sisters describe her true religious personality with these traits: "She was very compassionate and always offered to provide any service to the religious sisters. You always saw in her an inner committment. After midnight and in the mornings she used to stay for a while 'with the intention to practice more penance. " She enjoyed a reputation for holiness among her sisters in religion. Her piety was solid, its most notable characteristic was her love for the Eucharist and the Immaculate Conception. Her penance was extraordinary, she used discipline, hair shirts, etc.. She was well respected by all religious and pointed out her obedience to all the rules. Her holiness was evident in her prayer life, and the presence of God in her lif was clearly manifests in her humility, believing himself unworthy of office and also to receive the Eucharist. "
At the outbreak of the Revolution, she took refuge in the house of his sister Mary, in Valencia, and there he lived a life of prayer and meditation. Then he took refuge in a house of Long Street Chapa, of Valencia, where there were also other religious. They were taken by a militia group November 20, 1936 and killed along with 17 other religious, in the place known as "Picadero de Paterna". She was buried in the cemetery of Valencia. On April 30, 1940 her remains were exhumed and taken to the monastery of the Capuchins of Valencia, where they rest today.
from: Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons and Feast, By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.; revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.