|The Coat of Arms on the Arroyo family pages date back to before our coming to the New World in the early Sixteenth Century from Spain. Our family arrived in Puerto Rico when it was still named “San Juan Bautista” and the capital was “Puerto Rico”. Later, the names were switched and the capital was named San Juan and the island called Puerto Rico
Thank you for spending the time to learn more about our family. We would like you to visit our Values page as well as the pictures pages. Pictures tell a story but our Values tell our Faith .
Linda and J. Arroyo are the proud parents of one girl, 28 and married with children, five boys, ranging in age from almost 32 down to almost 21. We are the grandparents of fifteen grandchildren. The first, Rainee, was born in 2001, is pictured here being held when she was but one day old.
J. has been a Teacher and Systems Engineer. He began teaching at Evangelistic Temple School in Tulsa, then moved to All Saints Catholic School in Broken Arrow. Having taught Specials for two years, and with school of hard knocks training, we moved to Texas where he taught 5th Grade Math and Science while in an Alternative Certification Program which he graduated from with his Texas Teaching Certificate. He was able to return to Tulsa with full Oklahoma Teaching Certification and taught for a year with Tulsa Public Schools. Not being the best ‘fit’, he has returned to video conferencing and is a Meeting Tech Analyst at ConocoPhillips. Linda loves being a grandmother and has found her ‘higher calling’.
A Family is one of pride, we are grandchildren and grandparents. Below, J.A, with my grandfather, Bob McGrew:
There is not just one name that sums us up, who we are is a combination of:
Arroyo, Attard, Brown, Beio, Dennington, Ellis, Ellison, Eubanks, Fowler, Greene, Jones, Lawrence, Marin, McGrew, Million, Morris, Rivera, Rowlett,Villari, Valdeseri, and Ward.
We are the sum of our parts and are better for what we add to the mix. We come from all over the world, and have been in this country from centuries, to very recently, We come from Spain, Puerto Rico, Italy, Ireland, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New York, and Florida to name a few. We are Christian with a long history of Catholicism and range from practicing, converts, and have family members who have fallen away recently and generations ago.
Michael with his Great Grandpa, Joey Attard (J.A.’s “step” grandpa). Joey was married to Aurea Rivera (Arroyo) Attard after she was widowed to Jose’ Antonio Arroyo.
Above you see Linda’s Grandma Fowler.
The Arroyo family, of whom J is from, came to this country in the late 1940′s, during the second World War, from Puerto Rico. We were not, however, strangers to the New World, having first immigrated to Puerto Rico with Ponce’ de Leon in the early 16th Century. We were not English-speaking at that time and my grandmother, Aurea, did not quickly learn.
My grandmother, Aurea, with her father and grandfather, Jibaros in Puerto Rico circa 1917
The other side of the family, from my mother’s side, was Irish. Having come to this country in one of the first immigrations, the infamous Potato Famine, they acclimated and settled as far west as Arkansas. They lost their Catholic roots along the way but it was rekindled in me.
Who we are is the sum of what we believe. J and the boys are Catholic , following a tradition of belief that goes back far beyond even our time in the New World. We pray, we attend Mass, we pray some more. We have pages devoted to our beliefs and hope that you will visit those pages. I am also uploading more and more valuable Faith links and Faith documents for download that are a source of help in supporting and defending the Faith as often as I can. Please, feel free to utilize those resources.
We are also proud to have received the Catholic Website Award for excellence in consecutive years since 2005!