A Holy Cross of Davao College alumna was named as the new top leader of the oldest and most prominent Catholic religious order in the Philippines, the Congregation of the Religious Virgin Mary (RVM).

Reverend Mother Maria Rosabella R. Gallo, from batch 1986 of then Bachelor of Science in Education major in Catechetics, was elected as the next Superior General of the congregation during its 21st General Chapter at the Betania Retreat House in Quezon City last June 6, 2022.

Reverend Mother Gallo has served as the congregation’s secretary-general since 2016.

She also worked as the president of St. Mary’s College in Quezon City.

Reverend Mother Gallo is a former scholar of the HCDC-John XXII Catechetical Center (JCC) Joint Scholarship Program, a program aimed at training students to become professional catechists through integral formation in academic and pastoral orientation, spiritual life and community living.

Before her, Mother Ma. Corazon Agda, RVM, was the Superior General of the Congregation, who served for six years. The position of the superior general of the RVM is chosen by the RVM congregation itself.

The RVM congregation was founded by Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo in Manila in 1684, which was labeled as the country’s first all-Filipino religious convent for women.

Aside from the Philippines, the RVM sisters also have educational and social missions in Italy, Taiwan, Pakistan, the United States, Canada, Ghana, and Indonesia.

The RVM sisters were among of the three religious institutions who nurtured HCDC as a leading Catholic educational institution in Davao City. (Christian Dave D. Rica)