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They were the first founded in Madrid, on Christmas Eve 1930. Since the beginning, the Handmaids lived intensely, with Mother Esperanza, the mission of “learning and working to make the Merciful Love known” more through acts than words.
The identity of this “branch” is constituted by EAM Sisters who witness their public consecration to God with their entire life, living the requirements of the evangelic counsels, fraternal life in community and the mission, wearing a visible sign (habit or other distinguishing feature). The environment in which their mission has developed in the course of history, has consisted in going out to meet all neediest; all of this, with a true spirit of sacrifice and self-abnegation.
Guided by Mother Esperanza, they have opened houses to receive every kind of needy person; grade schools characterized by a family style, houses for immigrants and pilgrims; homes for deficient persons, schools and workshops for the professional training of young people; residences for the elderly; they have cared for the sick in their homes and collaborated in hospitals, restaurants for the poor; in seminaries and houses of the clergy … They have done all of this because Mother Esperanza was convinced that “the poor are dearest interests of Jesus and that He created these Handmaids to be their guardians, mothers and servants, and so we have to try hard to treat them as Jesus wants us to.”
Furthermore, the EAM Sisters, sensitive to all forms of poverty, make themselves the sisters and mothers of the needy, the visible sign of the maternal tenderness of the “Good Jesus,” so that every person may discover and live his/her dignity as a child of God. Jesus came to announce God’s Reign to the poor.