Blessed Laura Evangelista Alvarado Cardozo Healing Oil (Patron For Augustinian Recollect)
Blessed Laura Evangelista Alvarado Cardozo was born on 25 April 1875 as the eldest of four children to Clemente Alvarado (d. 1890) and Margarita Cardozo; her brothers were Octaviano, Panchita and Clemencia. Received Confirmation at the age of two in 1877 from the Archbishop of Caracas José Antonio Ponte. She was baptized on 13 October 1875 and received it from Father Jose Maria Yepez while her godparents were Manuel González and Dolores Bravo Sofia Cardozo – a cousin of hers.
Commenced her studies in her hometown but forced to complete it in Maracay when she moved with her parents and siblings. She commenced her studies at the age of five and completed them in September 1892 at the age of seventeen.
It was around this time that she felt called to the religious life. And confided this to her spiritual director Father Vicente Lopez Aveledo. It was on 8 December 1892 that she made a vow to God to remain a perpetual virgin in His service.
At the age of thirteen on 8 December 1888 she received her First Communion. And focused on preparing children for the same sacrament from that point until she was eighteen. In 1893 she Father Aveledo’s new order devoted to the Blessed Mother.
On 3 November 1893 she began to work in a small hospital and assisted patients that suffered from smallpox. She also volunteered in other hospitals. From 1897 until 1898 she worked as a volunteer in the hospital of San José. Her father died aged 55 of a brain condition in 1890.