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PIA Press Release
2009/10/07

Church officially opens canonization inquiry on Mother Rosario Arroyo

Molo, Iloilo City (7 October) -- The Archdiocese of Jaro has officially started its inquiry on the canonization process of Beaterio de Molo's founder Mother Rosario Arroyo de la Visitacion, OP, with her relatives in attendance, led by Pres. Gloria Arroyo and First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

In a solemn liturgical ceremony, October 7, at St. Anne Parish Church in Molo, presided by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, the formal opening of the inquiry started with a presentation of the Cause by the Postulator Rev. Fr. Samson Sillorequez, OAR, who gave a background on the life and works of Mother Rosario that merit the inquiry.

The Acceptance of the Holy See and the Church was read by Archdiocesan chancellor fr. Carlo Noquez, with the identification of the members of the Tribunal led by Msgr. Lagdameo, who each took their oath and committed themselves faithfully to the task.

Fr. Sillorequez then presented the names of the witnesses to the Tribunal, which was in turn accepted by the Tribunal head, together with all the other documents for safekeeping, through the Chancellor.

Msgr. Angel Lagdameo declared the process of canonization open with the pealing of church bells and big applause from the congregation.

In his homily, Msgr. Lagdameo asked the faithful to join the Dominican Sisters in their mission and pray that a holy one in the person of Mother Rosario will be added to the list of women-saints in Molo as well as the saints in heaven.

After thanking the First Couple and the faithful for their presence that added meaning to the occasion, Sr. Celestine Bancal, Superior General of the Dominicans in Molo, thanked her Sisters for their fidelity and asked them to follow the footsteps of Mother Rosario, her obedience, perseverance, her prophetic life, wherever they may be.

The celebration was attended by bishops in Panay and Eastern Visayas, more or less 60 priests from the Archdiocese representing the secular and religious orders, benefactors and students and faculty members of the Dominican Sisters' institutions.

After the Mass, Pres. Arroyo and FG Mike Arroyo and their entourage walked the more or less 150 meters distance to the Dominican Mother House, from St. Anne church, flocked by children, the faithful and the public who greeted them warmly and excitedly along the way.

The First Couple paid respects to the remains of Mother Rosario, in a tomb inside the Dominican Chapel, before flying back to Manila. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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