Sisters’ stories: Sr. María Alacoque Cerisola

by Mar 11, 2021Blog, Our Stories, Spiritual Resources0 comments

Sr. María Alacoque Cerisola, Setting the Highest Standards

When Dr. Ignacio Chávez founded Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Cardiología in the early 1940s, he looked to the Incarnate Word Sisters to develop the hospital’s nursing department. He made a wise choice: Sr. Alacoque Cerisola (1897–1997), a petite Sister with exceptional organizational skills, developed procedures and standardized treatment that improved nursing not just at the Instituto de Cardiología but throughout Mexico.

A Sister trains students at the Escuela de Enfermería at Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Sr. Alacoque served as the school’s director when it was founded in 1945.


Sr. Alacoque ensured that nurses at the Instituto de Cardiología made a living wage and had regular breaks and meals.



The rigorous program that Sr. Alacoque developed for the Instituto de Cardiología attracted students and physicians from Europe, Central America, South America, and Africa. Sr. Felicitas Villegas (left) and Sr. Alacoque (right) are seen sightseeing while attending a conference in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s.



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