Blessed Elvira Moragas Cantarero

detail of a painting of Blessed Elvira Moragas Cantarero, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Sister María Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga



Daughter of a pharmacist. She was an excellent student, and in 1900 became the only woman in the pharmacy school of the University of Madrid. When her father died in 1909, Elvira took over the business to support the family. In 1915, her bother Ricardo graduated as a pharmacist and was able to take over the business and free Elvira to follow a longing for religious life. She joined the Discalced Carmelites at the monastery of Santa Ana and San Jose, taking the name María Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and making her solemn profession on Epiphany 1920. Prioress of her community from 1927 to 1930, and then again on 1 July 1936 just a few weeks before her death. On 20 July 1936 her convent was attacked and the sisters scattered. On 14 August 1936 she was arrested, and during interrogation would answer every question with “Viva Christ the King”. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.







Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Elvira Moragas Cantarero“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 July 2020. Web. 28 February 2021. <>