By Marisol Bo-oc | 07:56 PM May 12, 2022
Tagbilaran Bishop Abet Uy is in Rome to attend the canonization of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier on Thursday, May 12.
“Thank you so much for all your prayers. We have arrived safely in Rome,” said Uy in his Facebook.
Uy was with Fr. Ado Jubac and some members of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
On, December 13, 2021 Pope Francis recognized the miraculous healing of Angel Marie Vier Albaracin Degamo, now 6 years old, from Clarin town, who was suffering from an “early generalized non-immunological embryo-fetal hydrops”.
Hydrops fetalis has been a well-recognized fetal and neonatal condition throughout history in which there is a buildup of fluids around the lungs and heart.
According to the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Rivier suffered from a disability for most of her childhood after falling out of bed and injuring her hip at sixteen months old.
The injury also impaired her development and could barely stand even with the help of crutches. Because of this, the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Pradelles turned her away when she decided to enter religious life at 17.
During the French Revolution, when convents and monasteries were forced to close, Rivier founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary dedicated to the education of young girls in the faith.
Today, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary are present on five continents.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has officially announced May 15, 2022 as the date of the canonization of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier.
Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Rivier, the foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, together with three other Blesseds during a Canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The beatification process started under Pope Pius IX (who once called her “The Woman Apostle”) and she became titled as a Servant of God on May 12, 1853; the confirmation of her heroic virtue led Pope Leo XIII to name Rivier as Venerable while the confirmation of a miracle attributed to her allowed for Pope John Paul II to preside over her beatification on May 23, 1982.
The Rivier community rejoices with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary that their foundress will be recognized for her holiness of life and apostolic zeal especially among the poor and vulnerable.