Convent of Mother Petra of St. Joseph
Ana Josefa Perez Florido (later known by the name of Mother Petra of St. Joseph) was born on December 7, 1845. After living five years dedicated to serving the neediest elderly of Valley de Abdalajis, founded in Malaga the Congregation of Mothers Homeless and St. Joseph of the Mountain in 1880. Its original founding community was formed by three vallesteras (women from El Valle de Abdalajis) more: Frasquita Bravo Muñoz (Mother Magdalena of St. Joseph), her sister Isabel Bravo Muñoz (Mother Nativity of St. Joseph), and Rafaela Conejo Muñoz (Mother Trinidad of St. Joseph). The first and the third succeeded Mother Petra, as head of the Congregation.
Having founded ten houses, sick and exhausted by her boundless dedication to others, especially those most in need, Mother Petra died in Barcelona on August 16, 1906. Her reputation for holiness and the many favors attributed to her intercession led to the opening of his process of beatification and canonization in 1932. On June 14, 1971, Pope Paul 6th approves her heroic virtues, and October 16, 1994, was beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul 2nd.
The Congregation, extended today by Spain, Italy and seven more countries in LatinAmerica, exercised her apostolic work and social need in nursing homes, homes for children with families, schools, dormitories, houses in mission countries, nurseries and houses of spirituality.
The Convent and the home for elderly of Valle de Abdalajis was founded in 1917 in the birthplace of Mother Petra, by another vallestera Mother Trinity of St. Joseph. Today is a completely remodeled and conditioning building that houses, under optimal conditions, more than 70 seniors.
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