Dominican nun nears sainthood

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The Venerable Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo

The founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines and seven others—all Servants of God–are two steps closer to becoming saints.
The Venerable Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo, born in Molo, Iloilo City, on Feb. 17, 1884 and died June 14, 1957 is in the list submitted to Pope Francis by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints that authorizes the promulgation of decrees for canonization.
The last two stages are beatification and canonization.
Arroyo, a great, great grandaunt of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, may become the Philippines’ third saint after Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and Pedro Calungsod of Cebu.
Fondly called Mother Sayong, she founded the Dominican congregation in 1929.  Members continue adhere to Arroyo’s words: “My dear sisters, there is plenty of work to be done and plenty of prayers to be said. Do not stop praying while you work, while you travel and wherever you are. … These two magic words, ‘prayer and work,’ should echo in the walls of our convents. I leave the rest of the mission to you.”
Recently, the Vatican also declared Darwin Ramos a Servant of God.  The Cubao Diocese has been tasked to look into the life of Ramos who was 17 when he died in 2012 due to complications brought about by a muscle disease.
The other seven on their path to eventual sainthood as reported by Vatican News are:
– The martyrdom of the Servants of God Pilar Gullón Yturriaga and 2 Lay Companions, killed in odium fidei (in hatred of the Faith) in Pola de Somiedo (Spain) on October 28, 1936;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Augustine Tolton, Diocesan Priest; born in Brush Creek (United States of America) on April 1, 1854 and died in Chicago (United States of America) on July 9, 1897;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Enzo Boschetti, Diocesan Priest; born in Costa de’ Nobili (Italy) on November 19, 1929 and died in Valcamonica (Italy) on February 15, 1993;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Felice Tantardini, Brother of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions; born in Introbio (Italy) on June 28, 1898 and died in Taunggy (Myanmar) on March 23, 1991;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Nadiani, a lay convert of the Congregation of the Presbyters of the Most Holy Sacrament; born in Santa Maria Nuova (Italy) on February 20, 1885 and died in Bergamo (Italy) on January 6, 1940;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Paola Muzzeddu, Founder of the Society of the Daughters of the Most Pure Mother; born in Aggius (Italy) on February 26, 1913 and died there on August 12, 1971;
– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Santina Collani, professed Sister of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy; born in Isorella (Italy) on March 2, 1914 and died in Borgo d’Ale (Italy) on December 22, 1956.

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