BIOGRAPHY OF SERVANT OF GOD MOTHER MA. BEATRIZ DEL ROSARIO AROYO
Maria Beatriz Del Rosario Arroyo (Mother Sayong) was a Filipino nun and founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary.
Arroyo was born in Molo, Iloilo City to Ignacio Arroyo and Doña Maria Pidal as the only daughter of three children. Despite her wealthy upbringing, Arroyo chose a life of poverty and devoted her life with ministry to the poor. She became a nun in the Dominican Order. 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. Today, with a membership of over 250, the congregation runs multiple schools, colleges and retreat houses.
Arroyo is currently in consideration for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church with several miracles being investigated which are attributable to her. [She is also a distant relative of Philippine President Gloria Arroyo.
Servant of God Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo was given the title “MARIA ROSARIO OF THE VISITATION”
Brief Biography of MOTHER ROSARIO ARROYO, O.P.
Maria Beatriz Arroyo was born in Molo, Iloilo City on February 17, 1884 to wealthy and pious parents, Don Ignacio Arroyo and Doña Maria Pidal. She was the only daughter of a family of three children.
She joined religious life in the Beaterio de Sta. Catalina in Manila and made her profession on January 3, 1914. After her profession she taught at the Beaterio of Manila and later in Lingayen, Pangasinan. She distinguished herself by a solid piety, love of prayer, life of poverty and strict religious observance. By this time, her parents, with the approval of the last American bishop of Jaro, the Most Rev. James McCloskey, D.D., made proper preparations for the new foundation – the “ Beaterio del Santisimo Rosario “ in Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines. Mother Rosario accompanied by two Dominican Sisters from Santa Catalina was the pioneer of this foundation.
Mother Rosario’s life can perhaps be best pictured in paradoxes. Born into wealth, she chose a life of poverty; gentle by nature, she was very strong in the faith; almost always in position of authority, she was ever ready to be of service to others. She personified optimism and unfaltering trust in God’s loving providence. Through her unconditional self-giving, she enriched others.
Despite her family background, she was a great lover of poverty and did much to alleviate the miseries of the poor, materially and spiritually. She was well known for her assiduous mortification, unceasing prayers and purity of life. During the First General Chapter of January 3 – 6, 1953 she was elected the First Superioress General of the Congregation. Four years later, Madre Sayong or Madre Maestra as she was lovingly called, died in the odor of sanctity on June 14, 1957, after serving the congregation for 32 years.