Q1. During the 17th century in the city of Manila, there were always some pious women, called Beatas wearing the habit of St. Dominic, who, while living in their houses set good examples of piety and charity. Who were some of these women?

A1.  Some of these Beatas were: Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo, Mother Antonia de Jesus Esguerra Fuentes, Mother Sebastiana de Jesus and Mother Maria Ana de Vega.

Q2. What is known about these Beatas?
Q3. Why were they called Beatas?
Q4. Some of the Beatas wanted to live together in a community. To whom did they communicate this desire?
Q5. When was the authorization of the Master General to found a Beaterio signed?
Q6. What was mentioned in authorization of the Beaterio?
Q7. Relying on the permit, where did Fr. Juan de Sta. Maria O.P. house the first Beatas?
Q8. What was the propecy of Mother Sebastiana which she told to Mother Antonia de Jesus Maria?
Q9. Who succeeded Fr. Juan de Sta. Maria as Prior of the Convent of Sto Domingo and under whose charge the Beatas were placed in 1690?
Q10. How did the Father prior come to know about the Beatas’ desire to put up a Beaterio?
Q11. What was the stand of the new Prior, Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo on the matter?
Q12. What proposal was made by Mother Francisca?
Q13. What was thr reaction of Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo when Mother Francisca repeated the request?
Q14. What was Mother Francisca’s reply?


Q15. The following day again, after confession, Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo questioned Mother Francisca: “ Mother, what was the basis in telling me with much determination what you said yesterday? Was it a revelation or a dictate of the Holy Spirit?” What was Mother Francisca’s response?

A15. Mother Francisca was embarrassed and did not say a word.

Q16. How did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo take Mother Francisca’s silence?
Q17. What made Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo change his mind about the Beaterio?
Q18. In 1694, when Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo was elected Provincial, Mother Sebastiana had already died and Mother Antonia was ill and in danger of death. What was her sickness and her dying wish?
Q19. What was the response of Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo to her dying wish?
Q20. What was Mother Antonia's prophecy?
Q21. What did Mother Antonia offer to the Beatas?
Q22. Who were the first three Beatas who stayed in the house of Mother Antonia and used it as a convent?
Q23. Who was Jacinta?
Q24. Why did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo refuse to accept Jacinta?
Q25. What was the condition given her?
Q26. Who was Rosa?
Q27. Did she accede to her father’s desire?
Q28. Rosa’s father followed her to the Beaterio. What course of action did Mother Francisca and Rosa take?


Q29. What action did Fr. Domongo de Valencia take?

A29.  Under threat of excommunication, he told the Captain Prieto to do what was prudent and christian.

Q30. Did Captain Prieto obey? What was his next move?
Q31. In the maintime, what did Mother Francisca and Rosa do?
Q32. When Capatain Bartolome Prieto returned to the Father Provincial for an answer, what did the Father Provincial tell him?
Q33. What was the threat of Captain Bartome Prieto?
Q34. What was Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo’s prophecy?
Q35. Did Captain Prieto have a change of heart?When did it happen?
Q36. What happened when he visited his daughter?
Q37. There were already five Beatas. Their house was small and they did not have an oratory-chapel. What instruction did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo give to the Procurator, Fr. Gregorio Giraldez, O.P.?
Q38. Who paid for the renovation and fixing of the Beaterio?
Q39. When the oratory was finished, what instruction did Mother Francisca give the Beatas?
Q40. Why did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo refuse to honor the petitions for admission to the habit of the girls from the Colegio de Santa Isabel?
Q41. Who wrote the Rules and Constitutions of the Beaterio?
Q42. What were the sources used by Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo in writing the Rules and Constitutions of the Beatas?


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