Oil Dedicated to Venerable Maria Guadalupe Ortiz De Landazuri Fernández de Heredia
Heavenly Father, we lift up in prayer Venerable Maria Guadalupe Ortiz De Landazuri Fernández De Heredia, a shining example of faith and service. May her life of dedication to you inspire us to live with kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. Grant us the grace to follow her footsteps and spread your love to all those around us. Amen.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Venerable Maria Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri Fernández de Heredia. Born in Madrid on 12 December 1916. The fourth of four children (and the only daughter) to Manuel Ortiz de Landázuri. A military officer, and Eulogia Fernández-Heredia. Her three elder siblings were Manuel, Eduardo, and Francisco, who died in childhood.
On 5 March 1951 – at Escrivá’s invitation – she moved to Mexico to spread the message of Opus Dei. While there, Ortiz de Landázuri enrolled in a doctoral program in chemical sciences. She could continue what she had already started in Spain. In its capital she set up a student residence for university womencreating an environment conducive to serious study, healthy diversion, and friendship. She also helped establish the Montefalco School and other social projects aimed at improving opportunities for the local people. For example, together with a doctor friend, she created a mobile medical clinic that allowed them to go from house to house in poorer neighborhoods, providing both free medicine and medical tests.
In 1975, the doctors said it would be best for them to operate again, despite there being some risks. Ortiz de Landázuri left her Madrid home to check into the Clínica Universidad de Navarra where she operated on 1 July. Though the surgery was successful, she developed a sudden failure in respiration which caused her death on 16 July at 6:30am; her mother died in the same clinic the next week on 23 July. Ortiz de Landázuri’s remains buried in Pamplona where she had died but later transferred to Madrid on 5 October 2018.