Mother Francisca Del Espiritu Santo De Fuentes and Mother Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo have been placed on the path to sainthood by Pope Francis. The two Filipino nuns were declared venerable by the Holy Father, which is two steps away from sainthood.
The Pope recognized that Mother Francisca, founder of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines explained that the Pope would have to recognize a miracle attributed to Mother Francisca and Mother Maria Beatrice’s intercession in order for both of them to be beatified.
“After the beatification, another miracle would be needed for canonization,” the CBCP elaborated.
Mother Francisca Del Espiritu Santo was born in Intramuros, Manila in 1647 and died on August 24, 1711. She is buried at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila. She was the founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena.”
Del Espiritu devoted her life pushing for women in the religious community to “establish themselves in ways on which the church laws of those times were still silent.”
Mother Rosario was the founder of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines.
She was born on Feb. 17, 1884, in Molo, Iloilo City and devoted her life to the service of the poor. She died on June 14, 1957, and entombed at Beaterio Del Santisimo Rosario De Molo.
The Vatican recognized Mother Rosario’s “heroic virtues,” and she has been described as simple and generous, who would give rise to the poor every Friday.
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