Article Index

Through the thick fabrics and textures of pious history, this work sets forth three assertions about the excellence and distinction of Francisca de Fuentes as gift to the Filipino people, as gift to women, as gift to consecrated life.

Francisca of the Philippines. Written history's first drizzles were these quaint details, culled from several, almost contemporary, biographical sketches:

"She was married, without children."

But "in the bloom of her youth, she lost her husband" and was "bereft of offspring:

So "she conceived the idea of consecrating herself to God,"to prefer "holy continence and a widow's chastity."

So, before this time, texts only make passing mention of her as being born in Manila, to Simon de Fuentes and Ana Maria del Castillo y Tamayo, around the year 1647. She is of probable Spanish descent; nonetheless, she is an insular, a true daughter of the islands.

The social strata of these early colonial years consisted of the peninsulares, i.e. the Spaniards who came from the Mother Country on the Iberian Peninsula; the insulares, those born to Spaniards, in the Philippine islands; then, the Spanish mestizos, children of the intermarriage of Spaniards and natives; the Chinese mestizos, of Chinese and native parentage; and the local indio. Historically, the term Fillpino/Filipina came to be first applied to the Spaniards, who were born in Las Islas Filipinas, who considered the archipelago as their true homeland. It was only later that Filipino blossomed into its nationalist connotation and came to encompass the identity of the nation.

Thus, Francisca de Fuentes, as an insular, is Filipino, in the earliest sense of the word. She sought to found a community of women religious, in no other place, than in her native Philippines. Her holiness was a true fruit of the faith that was sown here. This point is crucial in parrying the racist slur on the origins of the beaterio. Such smears appear belated and covertly imported, couched in an unhistorical and uncritical usage of the Filipino nomenclature.

SEE WHAT'S UP...

Mother Francisca is now Venerable!
               

309th DEATH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
August 24, 2020

PROGRAMME

LIVE STREAMED FOR PUBLIC @ OP-SIENA DOMINICAN FACEBOOK
August 23, 2020 MotherHouse schedule of Vigil 8 - 9pm
August 24, 2020 Eucharistic Celebration 10 am 
for inquiries please  "Message Us"

LMAMFES

Lay Missionary Associates of M.Francisca

UPDATES & LINKAGES
LMAMFES@300 BEATERIO- GENERALATE LUZON
LMAMFES MINDANAO
LMAMFES -BEATERIO MARBEL


OBITUARIES

FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL/S OF:
Hmna. Melinda Bustamante
Beaterio Generalate
Sr. Adline Perrera, OP
Sri Lanka
Sr. Tomasa Rivera, OP
Motherhouse
Sr. Clemencia Zartiga, OP
Tahanang Siena
Hmna. Fely Padua
Beaterio Generalate
 
 


TESTIMONIALS

...So when I was already advised to undergo Andiogram, the last left of the series of medical exams before the operation, I was crying and telling Mother Francisca...   
    Ms. Myrna Cano
...I have an answered prayer obtained... during the mass in honor ...I became one of the five chosen applicants out of 26...
 Edbryan Cayme

MESSAGE US...