Over the weekend, we visited St Benedict’s Monastery in Corte, Carmen. The monastery is considered Northern Cebu’s version of Simala. Running it are the Benedictine monks of the Sylvestrine Congregation. It 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.
St Benedict’s Monastery
However, since a few people have heard of this monastery, only very few come here to visit and meditate. 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.
You’ll know you’ve reached St Benedict’s Monastery when you see this arch.
Upon entry, you will see serene gardens and structures surrounded by lush greens.
This small chapel near the entrance, for example, is surrounded by tall trees.
Also, this restroom sits near the edge of thick greens.
The place has a big parcel of land set aside for parking. However, since the place is so quiet, you park basically anywhere.
Rosary Center at St Benedict’s Monastery
Inside the property, we saw a big building which was called a Rosary Center. We decided to check it out.
Shoes and slippers are not allowed inside the rosary center.
Our footwear left outside the center.
This is what the rosary center looks like.
This side features giant paintings of the Mysteries of Light.
On this side are giant paintings of the Joyful Mysteries.
Of course, there are also giant paintings of the Sorrowful Mysteries.
Right in the center of the rosary center is the image of the Our Lady of Manaoag.
There is also a section where you can write your petition and drop it in a box.
Giant Niño at St Benedict’s Monastery
Outside, we saw this staircase which was lined with angels.
At the very top was a chapel and a giant statue of the Niño.
Giant statue of the Holy Child has become St. Benedict’s Monastery’s most recognizable icon.
If you can’t take the stairs, you can use the ramp which will take you straight to the chapel.
On the way, you will see the 10 Commandments etched on the wall.
Here is a view of the chapel on top of a hill.
Directly below the chapel is a small room where an image of the Virgin Mary can be seen.
On our way up, we saw this guy working on the figures on the wall. Very talented!
We also saw this completed image of a Crucified Jesus on the wall.
Behind the chapel, we saw the monastery.
The monastery was off-limits to visitors.
Satchmo and the monastery behind him.
This is what the inside of the church looks like. Very pretty and peaceful.
Satchmo prays for his first trip abroad.
Lucy and Satchmo posing outside the church.
Take a look at the beautiful view behind the monastery. Wow!
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