- Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo was a nun and was the founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines
- She is also known to be the great-aunt of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo
- Pope Francis has granted her the title “Venerable,” which gets her closer to becoming a saint
Manila, Philippines – Another Filipino is close to being declared a saint, after Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and most recently, Saint Pedro Calungsod.
Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo, along with seven other candidates, was recently given the title of “Venerable” by Pope Francis on June 11, 2019.
In order to be qualified to become a saint, there are a few steps that the Catholic Church follows. Once a person becomes a candidate, further investigation is opened to look into the life of the person and there would be four more stages to go through: Be called a “Servant of God,” be granted the title of “Venerable,” undergo Beatification to be given the title “Blessed,” and the final step of Canonization.
Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo was born in Molo, Iloilo on February 17, 1884 and was the only daughter to three children. She became a nun in the Dominican order and with the help of two other nuns, she established the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines on February 18, 1927. She passed away on June 14, 1957, at the age of 73.
In a report from ABS-CBN News, Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo was granted the title of “Venerable” after Pope Francis saw that she has lived a life of heroic virtue after studying her case further.
This announcement also comes after another Filipino, Darwin Ramos, was given the title “Servant of God,” a few months prior. Darwin had a disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a disorder that targets and weakens the muscles, but it didn’t stop him from helping other kids. Darwin passed away on September 23, 2012, at the age of 17.