Sunday, October 15, 2006


Visited the Mount Carmel Monastery in Jaro. Founded in 1923, this is the first Carmel in the Philippines. The Carmelites were the last major group to arrive here among all religious congregations in the Philippines considering that the Jesuits, Augustinians, Dominicans and the Franciscans already had a presence since the 16th century.

Four French nuns arrived from the monastery in Hue, Vietnam and established fort here in Jaro. The special link to St. Therese of the Child Jesus, whose Feast Day was on the same day I visited the monastery, can be traced to the nuns who came from Hue. The Hue monastery was established by nuns from the very monastery where Therese came from - Liseiux, France.

I collected some rose petals for my Mom, left a prayer request and returned to the city to hear Mass at the Jaro Cathedral.

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