Q43. The Beatas had been very anxious to make religious profession. When did they finally make it?

A43.  On July 26, 1696, Feast of St. Anne, the Beatas professed the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity after Fr. Gregorio Giraldez read to them the Rules and the Constitutions and the manner of professing the vows. This marked the foundation of the Beaterio.

Q44. Why was the Beaterio called “de Sta. Catalina”?
Q45. After the religious profession of the Beatas, who was appointed prioress of the Beaterio?
Q46. How long was her term of office?
Q47. The Beatas pledged obedience according to the customs of the Order, making what we call the “venia”. What is meant by “venia”?
Q48. Where did the Beatas attend Mass as a community?
Q49. How often did they receive communion?
Q50 The Beatas were to be fifteen, why?
Q51. Why was Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo not worried even if the Beatas increased in number?
Q52. What were the three branches of the Dominican Order at that time?
Q53. Who was Don Juan de Escano?
Q54. What was his occupation?
Q55. When did Don Juan de Escano die?
Q56. When was his last will and testament given?


Q57. As a benefactor of the Beatas, what were some of the highlights of Don Escano’s last will and testament?

A57.  A. He requested that:
- he be prayed for;
- the Beatas be free from soliciting gifts, inasmuch as they have in the community what ever they need;
- all things be in common;
- the Beatas imitate Jesus’ virtues;
- the Beatas desire the greater glory of God and strive after perfection;
- all his possessions and properties be given to the Beatas.

Q58. Concerning his possessions and properties, what condition did he give?
Q59. How did the Province of the Holy Rosary give especial honor to him?
Q60. What did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo say about him among others?
Q61. What did the Beatas do to show gratitude for his generosity?
Q62. What instruction did Father Juan de Sto. Domingo give when the Beaterio was already established and the number of Beatas (fifteen) was almost complete?
Q63. While the new Beaterio was being constructed and the Governor happened to pass by, what did he say?
Q64. The Governor’s inquiry disappointed Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo. Why?
Q65. What corresponding action did the Governor take?
Q66. What did Fr. Provincial and Fr. Juan Ibañez , O.P. do in this situation?
Q67. What advice did the Oidores give the two priests?
Q68. What other incidents aggravated the situation?
Q69. What did Father Provincial do after hearing what the Oidores said?
Q70. How did the Beatas respond to the demands of the religious life?


Q71. What did Mother Francisca do about the situation? How did the Beatas react?

A71.  Mother Francisca admonished the erring Beatas. She scolded them and threatened them with the zeal of the glory of God and the good of their state of life. Some Beatas reacted negatively and planned to leave the Beaterio. One of them, a god-daughter of Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo even went to the Archbishop and gave false reports about the Beatas.

Q72. Who was Don Diego Camacho y Avilla?
Q73. What was not true in the report that the god-daughter of Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo gave to the Archbishop?
Q74. What did Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo do to help the Beaterio in this regard?
Q75. How did the Archbishop show his displeasure?
Q76. At this time there existed conflicts between the Archbishop and the Religious Institutes. What was the conflict between Archbishop Camacho and the Religious Institutes?
Q77. How did this conflict get out of hand?
Q78. In this situation, what course of action was taken by Father Provincial and the Religious as regards the problem of the Beaterio?
Q79. How did Governor Domingo Zabalburu react to this?
Q80. Why was he so kind to them?
Q81. What eventually took place after the negotiation for the Beatas to be housed as Sta. Catalina?
Q82. Before the exile, what strong words of wisdom did Fr. Sto. Domingo give the Beatas?
Q83. How did the Beatas depart from the Beaterio to Sta. Potenciana?
Q84. What was the impact of all these to the Archbishop?


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