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Dionisia de Santa María Mitas Talangpaz y Pamintuan
Servant of God, co-founder, Augustinian Recollect Sisters
March 12, 1691
Calumpit, Bulacan, Captaincy General of the Philippines
October 12, 1732
San Sebastian, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Roman Catholic Church
Mother Dionisia Talangpaz is a Filipino Roman Catholic figure. Along with her sister Cecilia Rosa de Jesús Talangpaz, she founded the “Beaterio de San Sebastián de Calumpang” (now the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters), in 1719. The Augustinian Recollect Sisters is the second-oldest native Filipino congregation for women religious founded in the Philippines, after the Religious of the Virgin Mary, established by Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espíritu Santo.
2 Beaterio de San Sebastián
3 The controversy
4 The house built on rock
6 Servant of God
Talangpaz was born on March 12, 1691, in Calumpit, Bulacan to half-Kapampangan parents. Together with her younger sister Cecilia, they settled down near the shrine of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Manila. Their devout life attracted the attention of the shrine’s caretakers, the Augustinian Recollects, and in July 1725, the sisters received the habit of tertiaries and were gathered in a beaterio. The Talangpaz sisters were notably descended from ancient pre-Hispanic nobility on both sides of their family.
As explained earlier, the matriarchs of this venerable clan may well have been catalonan who officiated at spiritual rites held on a hallowed rock, the meaning of “Talangpaz.”
The sisters’ maternal great-granduncle, hermano Phelipe Sonsong (1611–1684), of Macabebe, Pampanga, was a Jesuit brother who was martyred in the Marianas. A deep devotee of Our Lady of Carmel, he also presaged the special Marian devotion of the sisters. Their maternal grandfather, Don Augustin Pamintuan, figured prominently in the Pampango Revolt of 1660.
Beaterio de San Sebastián
Two blood sisters, Mother Dionicia Mitas Talangpaz de Santa Maria (1691–1732) and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz de Jesus 91693-1731), of Calumpit, Bulacan, fo