She was baptized on March 15, 1980 at Santo Domingo Church after being born on October 31, 1979, at Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City. According to CBCP News, Abad was born in Sarrat to a lawyer couple, but her father passed away when she was just three years old.
Abad was born and raised in Quezon City, together with her sole sibling Mary Anne, according to CBCP News.
She attended the University of the Philippines Child Study Center in Diliman, Quezon City, for nursery school, then the Holy Angels Montessori School in the same city for kindergarten through second grade.
Abad’s mother, affectionately known as “Attorney Abad” at their parish, according to Pajarillaga, a witness to their life in Quezon City, “was an avid devotee of the Divine Mercy, a woman of few words but full of works of charity.”
According to CBCP News, Abad’s family relocated to Sarrat in April 1988 after her mother “became the chief hearing officer of the Commission on the Settlement of Land Problems of the Department of Justice.”
She completed first year of high school at the Mariano Marcos State University Laboratory High School in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, after graduating at the top of her class from the Mariano Marcos State University Laboratory Elementary School. In June 1993, after her mother’s post underwent another change, their family returned to Quezon City.
Young Nina Ruiz Abad, an Ilocos Norte native from Sarrat, had a lasting impression on everyone she came into contact with. Her unshakable faith and commitment to God set her apart despite having an incurable cardiac condition. The Catholic Church in the Philippines has made great progress toward canonizing her thirty years after her death, positioning her as a contemporary Filipino role model of devotion and tenacity.
A Saint in the Making
When Father Danny Pajarillaga, a Catholic priest, first met Nina in 1993, he immediately saw that she was unique. She stood out among her contemporaries because of her fervent belief in the Eucharist and commitment to prayer. Although Nina tragically passed away from her illness at the young age of 13, her inspirational spiritual legacy lives on today.
The Road to Sainthood
By designating Nina Ruiz Abad as a saint, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has made a tremendous advancement. The CBCP granted the Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba’s request to launch the cause for her sainthood during their 126th plenary meeting.
A Life of Devotion
Nina showed a degree of dedication that was uncommon and amazing for someone so young. She devoted her life to providing religious supplies including rosaries, Bibles, and prayer books and had a profound devotion to the Eucharist. Nina was a walking testament to piety and religion, always dressed in white and with a rosary around her neck.
A Prayerful Journey
Her deep ties to God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Virgin Mary left a lasting impression on Nina’s life. She demonstrated how a strong faith can mold a person’s character by embracing prayer and worship with reverence.
A Life Cut Short
Nina was born on October 31, 1979, in Quezon City, where she spent her formative years with her devoted mother, “Attorney Abad.” The family relocated to Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, following the tragic loss of her father when she was three. Nina’s faith remained unshaken despite receiving a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosis at the age of 10, moving back to Quezon City, and beginning a new chapter in her life.
The Push for Modern-Day Saints
The Catholic Church’s effort to recognize contemporary Filipino saints includes the cause for Nina’s sainthood. This change in emphasis strives to demonstrate examples of faith and devotion that speak to Catholics in the twenty-first century, emphasizing that becoming a saint is possible even in the commonplace facets of modern life.
The Path to Sainthood
The Church honors persons who lived honorable lives and made major contributions to the faith, despite the arduous and drawn-out process required to be declared a saint. In order to become a saint, Nina must undergo a careful examination of her life and virtues as well as the verification of miracles credited to her intercession.
An Inspiring Legacy
A generation of Catholics has been motivated by Nina Ruiz Abad’s life to grow in their faith and live a life of piety. Her life continues to touch the hearts of many people. Her narrative serves as a source of inspiration and an invitation to everyone to live a life rooted in prayer and devotion as her cause for sainthood advances.
Nina Ruiz Abad’s life served as an example of how faith can overcome obstacles. She is an outstanding role model for the young and for all Catholics because of her persistent devotion to God and her commitment to prayer. Her story will continue to inspire and have a profound influence on countless lives as her path to sainthood progresses.