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 .
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:
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.
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 immigration, even preceeding the famous 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!