CASE FOR THE BEATIFICATION
OF VENERABLE IGNACIA DEL ESPiRITU SANTO”
Circular No. 04; Series of 1987
January 13, 1987
To the Clergy and the People of God
of the Archdiocese of Manila:
through the centuries, God, through the Church, has selected many who,
following more closely the example of Christ by the pouring out of their
blood or the heroic exercise of virtue, have given a shining testimony
of the Kingdom of Heaven. Right from the start, the Church has always
believed that the saints are intimately united with us in Christ, and
has venerated them in a singular manner, together with the Blessed Virgin
Mary and the holy angels, always imploring their intercession.
Lately, the Holy Father has canonized a good number of heroic men and
women of more recent times, so that, by reflecting on the lives of those
who belong to our contemporary period and who have faithfully followed
Christ, we will continue to look forward to the future city and together,
we will walk the right path towards perfect union with Christ, that
is, holiness, according to each one’s condition and state of life.
By looking at this great company of witnesses through whom God is made
present in, and talks to, us, we consequently feel impelled to strive
to get into his Kingdom of Heaven.
Our nation has been specially blessed just recently by the elevation
of the first Filipino into the ranks of these heroic men and women.
I refer to our very own Blessed Lorenzo Ruiz.
Now, it is my great pleasure to inform you that, upon the instance of
the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM Sisters), we
are in the process of opening the case for the Beatification
of V. Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, the Foundress of the said
Religious Institute. While it is the competence of the Sacred Congregation
for the Causes of Saints to study the case and to make the necessary
endorsement to the Holy Father, it will necessarily start in the diocesan
level, where all the materials related to the case are being prepared.
The result of the study of the competent Congregation will depend, to
a large extent, on the volume and the authenticity of the materials
gathered and evaluated in the diocesan level.
In this connection, I would like to ask the entire People of God of
the Archdiocese of Manila to be aware of this important undertaking,
and to help in whatever way you can promote the case. Any knowledge
or information pertinent to the personal life and virtue of V. Ignacia
del Espiritu Santo, whether they be positive or otherwise, should be
made known to us. Any knowledge or information about published or unpublished
writings written by the Servant of God should likewise be made available
to us. Furthermore, any knowledge or information about alleged favors
received because of her intercession should also be reported. It is
further to be noted that, at this stage, no public cult is allowed and
is to be avoided. Above all, I ask you to pray hard so that those who
are working on the case will be guided accordingly, in order to bring
this undertaking to a happy conclusion.
you may wish to ask or to give should be addressed either to:
1000 Gen. Solano St.
San Miguel, Manila
of the Virgin Mary
214 N. Domingo, Quezon City
Pastoral Letter should be given the proper dissemination so that it
will reach the knowledge of the entire People of God of the Archdiocese
With every best wish, I am
(Sgd.) + JAIME L. CARDINAL SIN, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila
Manila, January 13, 1987