- Sister Rita of Our Lady of Sorrows
Nun, a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as was her sister Luisa. On the recommendation of the Order’s fonder, Rita was chosen superior of the Sisters in 1900; she served in that position for 28 years. Started schools for girls, especially in the poorest areas, and was know for her care for the sick, especially fellow Sisters. Retiring to the Saint Susanna convent in Madrid, Spain, she worked the convent‘s college. In the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War, many fled, but Rita, 83 years old and nearly blind, stayed to care for orphans and those in hospital. Grabbed by a anti–Christian revolutionaries while she was in prayer in chapel, she was taken out of Madrid and executed. Martyr.
- shot at 3.30pm on 20 July 1936 in Canillejas, Madrid, Spain
- exhumed and found incorrupt in 1940
- re-interred in the cemetery of Almudena, Madrid, Spain
- body found incorrupt in 1954
- re-interred in the chapel in Madrid Villaverde, Spain
- “Blessed Rita Josefa Pujalte y Sánchez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2016. Web. 23 January 2017. <>