Preparations for Mother Rosario Arroyo's canonization process starts
October 7, 2009 - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo offer flowers before the image of Mother Rosario Arroyo de la Visitacion during the formal opening of the diocesan process leading to the canonization of the Servant of God at St. Anne Parish Church in Molo, Iloilo City Wednesday (Oct. 7, 2009). (Exequiel Supera/NIB-OPS Photo)
Iloilo City (5 October) -- The Mother Rosario Arroyo Commission which spearheads the formal opening of the process of the cause of her canonization has undertaken various preparations for the event.
Mother Gabrielle of the Dominican Sisters in Molo, the Congregation founded by Mother Rosario, said they have started the preparations for the formal opening with Dawn Rosary at 4:00 in the morning and a Holy Mass at 9:00 since September 28, 2009.
The masses held at the chapel of the Dominican Sister's Motherhouse were participated in by the different schools of the congregation, other institutions and religious organizations and devotees of the Blessed Virgin.
For the past four months, the Dominican Sisters have been holding recollections to study the life of their Foundress.
The Liturgical Celebration marking the formal Diocesan Process of the Cause of Canonization will be on October 7, at the St. Anne Church, Molo, Iloilo city, at 9:00 in the morning.
The Eucharistic celebration will be officiated by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, 10 other bishops and about 50 priests, to be followed by private viewing and blessing of the remains of Mother Rosario at the Dominican Mother House.
The process is mandated by an Edict issued by Archbishopel Lagdameo, given on the 28th of July 2009, having approved and therefore, makes public the petition of Fr. Samson S. Sillorequez, OAR, after having done consultations and verified the existence of a true and widespread sanctity enjoyed by Mother Rosario Arroyo, in life and even after death.
The Members of the Tribunal for the process of canonization is headed by Most Rev. Angel Lagdameo, D.D. as Judge; with Very Rev. Higinio Velarde, VG,PA, as Judge Delegate; Rev. Fr. John de Castro, OSJ, Promoter of Justice; Rev. Fr. Carlo Noquez, Notary; Sr. Thaddeus Magtoles, OP, Actual Notary; Msgr. Jose Maria Amado Delgado, Rev. fr. Rey Zerrudo, Theological Commission; Rev. Fr. Alejandro Esperancilla, Sr. Visitacion Alecto, OP, Atty. Rex Salvilla, Historical Commission; and Rev. Fr. Samson Sillorequez, Postulator.
In his Edict, Msgr. Lagdameo also called on anyone who may have useful information regarding the Cause of Mother Rosario Arroyo, to bring such documents, materials or information to his attention.
It can be recalled that Mother Rosario Arroyo is the great, great grandmother of the First Gentleman, Jose Miguel Arroyo. (PIA 6/ESS)