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Beaterío of Saint Catherine of Siena


A brief description.

The monastery Beaterío de Santa Catalina de Sena in Manila is founded by sister Francisca del Espiritu Santo, O.P. in 1696.
Francisca del Espiritu Santo was born in Manila as the daughter of captain Simon de Fuentes and Ana Maria Tamayo del Castillo, 1647. After a short marriage without children and since than becoming a widow, she devoted her life to the sick and poor people and the youth.

She joined the Third Order of Saint Dominic in 1682 and formed a small group of women, but she met with opposition when she tried to found a congregation for Philippine girls.
Thanks to her example and perseverance she built her monastery Beater
ío, dedicated to Santa Catalina de Sena in Manila, 1696. She died 24th August 1711.

The ABC on Mother Francisca and the Beaterio de Santa Catalina de Sena. Manila 1997. 31 pp.




3rd Centenary of the foundation of the congregation of
Dominican Nuns by
Francisca del Espiritu Santo, O.P.
08.1711). In the background the main institute
of the congregation in Manila.


Philippines 1996, Mi 2672, Sc 2408.





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