- Another Filipina nun has been declared “venerable” by the Vatican
- She was the 2nd Filipina nun to have achieved the status in less than a month
- There were three Filipinos who have earned the title “Servant of God” this year
MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis has declared another Filipina nun ‘venerable’; the second Filipino whose ‘heroic virtues’ were recognized by the Vatican in less than a month.
On Friday, July 5, the Vatican announced that the Pope has authorized the promulgation of the decree on the heroic virtues of Servant of God Mother Francisca Del Espiritu Santo De Fuentes, founder of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena.
Del Espiritu Santo has now moved closer to sainthood and could be declared the third Filipino saint after St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and St. Pedro Calungsod of Cebu.
After being declared ‘venerable’, a miracle through her intercession would be needed to be declared ‘Blessed’. Another miracle attributed to her would eventually lead to her canonization to sainthood.
Del Espiritu Santo was born in Manila in 1647. She was married briefly but her husband died shortly after their marriage; leaving her a young widow and childless.
She dedicated her life to prayer and social service, helping many poor, needy and
sick people in the city. She later became a member of the Rule of the Third Order of St. Dominic as a Dominican nun, chosing the name “ Francísca del Espíritu Santo”.
A website dedicated to Del Espiritu Santo described har as a “woman of unwavering faith who carried out her mission with dauntless courage and trust.”
Her body currently lies at the gospel side of the chapel of Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Last month, the Vatican also recognized the “heroic virtues” of Servant of God Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo, a Filipina nun from Iloilo and the founder of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary in the country.
In May, Filipino teenage boy Darwin Ramos was also declared “Servant of God” which is the first step in the very tedious and long process to being canonized as a saint.