Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th District) offered a mass Monday for the intention of her grand aunt, Ilongga nun Mother Rosario, who was declared a Servant of God with the title “Venerable” by Pope Francis on June 11.
The congresswoman, with her daughters Nadine, Luccia and Nicole Arroyo Jacinto, offered the mass for their Nanay Sayong at the Parish of Saint Anne in Molo, Iloilo, on the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary, a press release said.
Mother Rosario was the founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines.
The decree declaring her venerable advances the cause of Arroyo to eventual sainthood. The next stage could be beatification, followed ultimately by canonization, the Vatican announced.
Arroyo’s parents were Ignacio Arroyo and Maria Pidal, and her brothers were José María who became a senator in 1919 and Mariano who was governor of Iloilo in 1928.
She was the sister of the congresswoman’s grandfather, Jose Maria.
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 is entombed at the Beaterio Del Santisimo Rosario De Molo.
The congresswoman said she was 9 years old when Mother Rosario joined her Creator in 1957. She said her father, Ignacio, used to ask her to dance to entertain Nanay Sayong in their house in Molo, Iloilo.
She said, “Our family felt honored by her Veneration and we all pray to God to lead her to sainthood,” she said.
People who are sick especially those who suffer from cancer pray to her for her intercession, she added.
The two great devotions dear to the heart of Mother Rosario are the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Rosary.
Mother Rosario had the Blessed Sacramentbefore their family chapel, in which she and her family prayed the Holy Rosary, the congresswoman said.
Msgr. Manuel Duetao said that the most visible charism of Mother Rosario as seen from the exemplary lives of the Sisters running the Sacred Heart Academy are their motherliness, patience, and Christian love.
"I have learned that Mother Rosario's life is being studied for beatification. I helped and have encouraged people to nurture her cause,” he said.
When he was a Chaplain of Saint Paul hospital in Iloilo City, there was a young family with three children and the 5-year old eldest has a congenital heart problem. The case was serious and needed an operation, he said.
“The family could hardly afford the cost of the operation, thus I told them to visit the tomb of Mother Rosario at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Molo, Iloilo City. Three days after the visit, they attended a mass and they heartily approached me and said that the child got an instant cure," Msgr. Duetao said.
Sister Gemma Magnatico said, "Mother Rosario's charism gave me a strong desire to become a Dominican Sister. I entered the convent on June 2, 1957, 12 days before Mother Rosario died. My love for teaching catechism was inspired by the charism of Mother Rosario."
Sister Expectacion Alberto said," Mother Rosario was very charitable as she helped the poor financially and spiritually.
She was compassionate to all including the animals by giving special treatment to sick animals being creatures of God.
Emma Ledesma, 59 of Leganes, Iloilo City suffered from 3rd stage of colon cancer. She got operated on. She felt abdominal pain two weeks after her operation. She was given a stampita of Mother Rosario with a relic and she put in on the painful area. Surprisingly, the pain was gone soon. With that, she frequently visits the tomb of Mother Rosario and felt something extraordinary every time she visits her.
Luzviminda Coronado of Zarraga, Iloilo said that her mother had severe pneumonia and poor oxygenation. She was admitted for 43 days in the Intensive Care Unit because of her critical condition.
"We prayed to Mother Rosario’s intercession for healing. We pinned the Mother Rosario stampita on her hospital robe and her visitors prayed for her too. She got healed and, we owe the favor from Mother Rosario who sent her angels to watch over our mother during her crucial days," she said.*
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