Pope Francis has put another Filipina nun on the path to sainthood by declaring her “venerable.”
Mother Francisca Del Espiritu Santo De Fuentes, founder of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, would have to have a Vatican-recognized miracle for her to be beatified.
After the beatification, which often takes decades or centuries to complete, another miracle would be needed for canonization.
Mother Francisca’s path to sainthood started on December 2002 when the Vatican was petitioned to open the Cause of the nun.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints was granted in March the following year while the Decree of Validity on the Diocesan Inquiry was granted June 2007, which allowed the writing of the “positio” on the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of Mother Francisca.
The completion of the positio was made in 2012, with the Mother Francisca Commission receiving a copy in December 2014.
Mother Francisca was born in Intramuros, Manila in 1647 to Don Simon de Fuentes, a Spanish, and Ana Maria Tamayo del Castillo, a Spanish. After a brief childless marriage, she was widowed. She died on 24 August 1711. Her tomb was placed over the steps of the main altar of the Letran.
She was one of those who initiated the establishment of the beaterio (house of pious women) and was appointed the first prioress for life. After Manila Archbishop Don Diego Camacho removed the beaterio under his jurisdiction in 1709 after six years, it became the Beaterio de Sta. Cataline de Sena which is now the the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena and Mother Francisca was re-appointed head.
Last month, Pope Francis also granted Dominican nun Mother Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo the title of venerable.
Born in Molo, Iloilo on 17 Feb. 1884, Arroyo is the founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary. She died in June 1957. (CBCP News,The Gospel Church)