Posted by: hoz49 | March 5, 2008

Monastary of the Holy Eucharist

Go south out of Cebu City past Talisay, past Minganilla, past Carcar look for Sibonga and turn right up a rough and rocky road. Just out of the small village the road becomes asphalt and looks almost new. A little further winding up through palms, mahogany and small farms with goats, chickens and an occasional cow the road becomes concrete. You have entered upper Lindogon the location of the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist.

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Many years ago an old man had a dream. He made a prediction that a woman in white would appear in the hills above Lindogon and work miracles. Their area would become known far and wide by these miracles and pilgrims would come to pray and pay homage. No one believed the old man and his dream was forgotten.

In 1998 a group of Monks came from Pangasinan, Philippines (in Luzon) to settle in the hills above Lindogon. They homesteaded a plot of land, making a garden of eden on the rocky soil.

A plague of dengue fever came and many people fell ill. Several died including young children. The people despaired because nothing could be done.

The Monks made a nightime walk of the Rosary, carrying torches to light their way, the villagers joined in, asking for intercession from the sickness.

As if by a miracle the plague was broken. The Monks erected a small shrine of the Mother Mary on the hillside. Eventually they built a church around the shrine. Every year people make pilgrimage to the shrine to ask for healing and solutions to their problems. On some of these pilgrimages the statue has been seen crying. Sometimes her face turns from young to old, once a stigmata appeared on her forehead. These miracles have often occurred when her gown is changed on on September 8th, the supposed date of her coming to the Monastery.

I can’t speak to miracles, but what is a miracle to me is that a group of monks could build such a beautiful church and grounds in 10 short years.

It is said they were praying for seed money to start building when a mysterious lady in white appeared and gave them a sack. On opening it they found the sack was full of money. When they looked up to thank her the lady had disappeared.

The Monastery is undergoing extensive renovation, or maybe it is just being finished. Either way, it is open and visitors are allowed to pray in front of the shrine to “Mama Mary”. To enter you must remove your shoes and if you are wearing “indecent clothing” (short sleeve shirts or blouses, short pants) a guard will give you a covering.

There are several displays of letters from devoted people who felt their prayers were answered after visiting, from healing sickness to finding a loved one to getting a visa for overseas work. One case contains wheelchairs, canes and crutches that were discarded after their users felt they were healed.

An account of one pilgrims visit to the monastery and the miracle of tears can be found here.

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  1. I can only imagine how breath-taking is it is person. The picture is beautiful!

  2. Truely you are blessed to have had this experience.

  3. THANK YOU MAMA MARY

  4. Thanks for the link to my Catholic Pilgrim blog. Actually I went back last month to that church, this time to bring my balikbayan relatives from Chicago.

    I still havent updated my blog with new stories on that visit 🙂

  5. Nice start of the story as if culled from a fairy tale. The stuff that legends are told. What I am wondering is that why these unknown group of monks from Luzon whenever they settle in Cebu always choose a scenic place and then stumble upon something miraculous? The image of the virgin from one story was supposed to be given by an unknown person and then cried tears of blood. Another group settled in Carcar and they stumbled upon what looked like a monstrance. Has God finally chosen a monastic group to spread miracles?

  6. Or has a monastic group chosen God to spread their miracles?

    I don’t judge the monks or anyones belief.

    “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

    H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

  7. Thank you Mama Mary for your prayer to our people


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