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All the while the Dominican friars continued to nourish the vocation to consecrated life of pious lay women who frequented their Church of Sto. Domingo in Manila. And "by the supplication and petition of the women themselves... they asked to be allowed to wear the habit of the third order publicly, each one living in her particular house." So, by the year 1686, -there lived in the city, four of the tertiaries." These four were: Francisca (de Fuentes) del Espiritu Santo, who received the habit between 1682-1683; Antonia de Jesus Maria Fuentes; the india Sebastiana de Jesus; Maria Ana de la Vega, daughter of the so-called "Cibuana". They were dotingly called beatas, who frequented the sacraments... set good example of humility and devotion."

Still, the beatas desired to live in community, and their petition was included in the Acts of the Provincial Chapter of 1686. In 11 January 1688, the Master of the Order, Fr. Antonino Cloche, OP, - confirmed and approve that in the city of Manila, a house of sisters of the third order be established..."

As ever, a woman's place is the home. The beaterio, too, began at home, in the houses of one " Maria Garcia, in front of the belfry of the convent of Sto. Domingo. But this did not last long..."

Later on, one of the pioneering lay tertiaries, Antonio de Jesus Fuentes, at her deathbed, bequeathed her home as future site of the beaterio, with Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo, OP, then prior of Sto. Domingo Convent as executor of her will. And so, "three beatas, including Mother Francisca, lived in that house as in a convent

As the place grew, the beatas, too, grew in gracious repute and number; so that on the feast of St. Anne, 26 July 1696, the beatas professed to the Order of Preachers, under a rule drawn and drafted by Fr. Juan de Santo Domingo, "from the General Ordinances of this Province, from the Constitutions of the nuns and of the Third Order Francisco de Fuentes was appointed as first prioress of the Beaterio de Santa Catalina de Sena.

But such noble and holy endeavors needed to undergo the purifying fires of trials and persecution.

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