The Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer is a Catholic religious congregation founded in Ciempozuelos, Madrid, Spain on June 1, 1864 by Bishop Jose Maria Benito Serra,OSB and Antonia de Oviedo Schonthal,OSR for the evangelization and integral human development of marginalized and exploited women.
In the middle of the 19th century, Spain was in extreme political turmoil with profound social changes. The economy suffered severely with poverty affecting the less fortunate of the social classes. The economic situation of the country forced some people to migrate to the big cities. At that time, it was not unusual for the young girls who were alone and without work to engage in prostitution for a living.
Instead of solving these problems, the government and society rejected these girls and eliminated all possibilities of help. The history of the Oblate Sisters, inclusive of the chronicles of Madrid, reflects with sincere realism the situation they were in. Many of these young women had no alternative but to continue with their life style or die of hunger. Frequently, they had to pay a high price with sickness, abandonment, incomprehension and the rejection of all. It is the situation of these young women that touched the hearts of the founders of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Today, the congregation has branched out to 15 countries carrying out its mission of liberating the women in situations of prostitution and violence.
In the United States, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer located in Long Island, New York.