Iloilo celebrates Mother Rosario’s path to sainthood
By Gabriel Fran Domingo
October 8, 2019
The nun who could be come the country’s next saint exemplifies the Church’s call for today’s Catholics to be missionary disciples, an archbishop said.
Speaking at Oct. 7 Mass of Thanksgiving for Venerable Mother Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu said that the nun’s life is a call for everyone to be a saint.
“The only tragedy in life is not to become a saint,” Palma said, adding that people should pray so that “in our journey, we may reach what God has destined for us”.
Hundreds of people filled the St. Anne’s Church in the city’s Molo district to celebrate the life of Mother Rosario, a Dominican nun who is on the road to sainthood.
The Mass coincided with the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, patroness of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary founded by Mother Rosario in 1925.
The congregation she established now has more than 260 professed members who are doing mission not just in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world.
In his homily, Archbishop Palma thanked God for the gift of “Madre Sayong”, as fondly called by her devotees.
Pope Francis on June 12 recognized Mother Rosario’s “heroic virtues,” an early step in the sainthood process, and granted her the title of venerable.
During the Mass presided over by Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo of Jaro, the Vatican decree was read before the churchgoers and the official portrait of Mother Rosario was unveiled.
Also in attendance were Archbishop Jose Advincula of Capiz, Bishop Marvin Maceda of San Jose de Antique, and retired Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro.
Prior to the Mass, a talk on the life and works of Mother Rosario was given by Fr. Samson Silloriquez, OAR, the postulator of her cause for canonization.
Born on Feb. 17, 1884 in Molo, Iloilo City, Mother Rosario died on June 14, 1957.
In 2009, the Jaro archdiocese opened the diocesan process for the cause of her canonization.