Over the weekend, we visited Northern Cebu’s version of the Monastery of the Marian Monks in Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. Simala’s counterpart is St. Benedict’s Monastery in Corte, Carmen, Cebu. The monastery is run by the Benedictine monks of the Sylvestrine Congregation. The monastery houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Manaoag.
Like Simala, the monastery is vast. And you can’t see it from the main highway. In fact, just like the one in Simala, it would take you a couple of minutes to reach the Benedictine monastery from the main road.
However, since a few people have heard of this monastery, only very few come here to visit and medidate. In fact, when we went there, on a Sunday, we only saw a total of six people. If your aim is to sit down, pray, and just clear your mind of the troubles of city life, the monastery is the place to visit.
The chapel and the giant statue of the Niño
St. Benedict’s Monastery
Working on the figures on the wall
The church on top of a hill
A clean restroom
I don’t know what that is. But it’s near the entrance.
You’re free to park anywhere
The Rosary Center
No shoes inside!
Giant paintings of the Mysteries of Light
Giant paintings of the Joyful Mysteries
Giant paintings of the Sorrowful Mysteries
Our Lady of Manaoag
You can write your petition at the Rosary Center
You can then drop them here
Up we go
If you can’t take the stairs, you can use the ramp
Napulo Ka Sugo
Giant statue of the Holy Child
To the candle gallery
Light your candles here
Satchmo and the monastery
Inside he church
Satchmo prays for his first trip abroad
Lucy and Satchmo outside the church
Look at the view around the area. Awesome!
Closer look. Wow!