Maria Beatriz Del Rosario Arroyo

Maria Rosario of the Visitation
founder, Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines
Born 17 February 1884
Molo, Iloilo, Philippines Philippines
Died 14 June 1957
Molo, Iloilo, Philippines Philippines
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 14 June

Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo (Maria Rosario of the Visitation) (February 17, 1884 - June 14, 1957) was a Filipino nun and the founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines.

Early life, education and religious career

Arroyo was born on Feb. 17, 1884, in Molo,[1] Iloilo to Ignacio Arroyo and Doña Maria Pidal as the only daughter of three children. Her 2 brothers were Jose Maria Arroyo and Mariano Arroyo. Jose became a senator in 1919 while Mariano was governor of Iloilo in 1928. She is a grand-aunt of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, husband of former Philippine President and now congresswoman of Pampanga Gloria Arroyo.[1]

She was baptized at the Sta. Ana Church in Molo on February 20, 1884 by Fr. Agapito Buenaflor and was named Ma. Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo. A noteworthy tradition of her family was alms giving. Mother Rosario participated in this corporal works of mercy. This made her aware of the misery and plight of the poor and be more compassionate with them. She could have lived the life of a vain princess but she lived without superfluity. Unspoiled by the abundance surrounding her, she preferred a simple life. When she became an heiress, she reportedly donated her inheritance to the congregation.[2]

Mother Rosario first attended classes at the Colegio de Sta. Ana, a private school in Molo. In preparation for her first communion, she was transferred to Colegio de San Jose administered by the Daughters of Charity. She stayed at the Colegio until she finished her elementary education. The young Maria Beatriz joined the religious life in the Beaterio de Sta. Catalina in Manila and made her profession on January 3, 1914.[3] She was taught at the Beaterio of Manila and in Lingayen.

Despite her wealthy upbringing, Arroyo chose a life of poverty and devoted her life to the poor. She became a nun in the Dominican Order.[1] With the help of two other Dominican nuns, Arroyo would eventually create the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary, a Filipino congregation, on February 18, 1927. Elected the First Superioress General of the Congregation at the Congregation's First General Chapter of January 3–6, 1953, she had 32 years of service. Madre Sayong or Madre Maestra died on June 14, 1957.


Today, with a membership of over 250, the congregation runs multiple schools, colleges and retreat houses.[1] Her congregation has professes sisters in the Archdioceses of Capiz, Jaro, Manila and the Dioceses of Bacolod, Imus, Mati, San Jose de Antique and Tagum and in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, USA, Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and Diocese of Ngong, Kenya in East Africa, Rome, Italy, and in the Parish of San Quirico d'Orcia in Valdorcia (the heart of Tuscany), Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino.[3]

Beatification Process

Arroyo is currently in consideration for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church with several miracles being investigated purportedly attributed to her.[1]

On July 28, 2009, Archbishop Lagdameo issued an EDICT declaring that he is initiating the “diocesan process for the Cause of the Canonization of the Servant of God Mother Rosario Arroyo de la Visitacion which will be officially opened on the 7th day of October 2009 at the parish church of St. Anne, Molo, Iloilo City.” It will be spearheaded by the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines (originally Beaterio de Molo) based in Molo. Mother Rosario founded this congregation in 1925. The Cause of Mother Rosario Arroyo was initiated by the Mother Rosario Arroyo Commission (MRAC) headed by former Superior General Visitacion Alecto, O.P. Later, Rev. Fr. Samson S. Silloriquez, OAR, was constituted as the Postulator who petitioned Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo to decree the initiation of the Diocesan Process for Mother Rosario’s beatification and canonization.[4]

Canonization Process

This is the Canonization Process of the Late Mo. Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo, Religious Sister and Foundress.

  • Diocese of Competent Bishop: Jaro
  • CCS Protocol No:
  • Type of Cause:Heroic Virtues
  • Nihil Obstat: 14 March 2009
  • Opening of Diocesan Inquiry: 7 October 2009
  • Closing of Diocesan Inquiry: 3 January 2011
  • Decree on Validity of Diocesan Inquiry:
  • Submission of Prositio to CCS:
  • Particular Meeting of Theological Consultors:
  • Session of Cardinal and Bishop Members of the CCS:
  • Postulator: Rev. Samson Silloriquez, OAR
  • Petitioner: Dominican Sisters of Molo, Avanceña St., P.O. Box 146, Molo, Iloilo City, PHILIPPINES
  • Website:


External links

  • Domican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines
  • New Saints website
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