Monasterio De Tarlac is a popular tourist destination in Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac, Philippines. It is a monastery on top of Mount Resurrection and has a thirty-foot Statue of the Risen Christ that overlooking the hilly side of the province.
The Brief History
By Rev. Fr. Moses Angelo, SRC
“It is only when we realized that God’s plan is the “only plan” after many plans been tried and yet failed thus all things are arranged according to His will and design. Rev. Fr. Ronald “Archie” Thomas A. Cortez of Bamban, Tarlac, a newly installed pastor in Diocesan Shrine of St. Therese Ramos, Tarlac, received the instruction by his ordinary bishop to have further studies in Rome. But days before his departure, a group of young men, sought his assistance and discernment in living a life of silence, prayer, contemplation and adoration following the spirituality of the Risen Christ. The Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community an apostolic-contemplative community of religious men who consecrated themselves to a life of prayer and work (Ora et Labora). The charism of the new congregation is to give hope to the hopeless; an Easter message of hope and joy. The New congregation officially received the diocesan blessing and approval from their bishop-protector, Most Reverend Florentino F. Cinense, bishop of the Diocese of Tarlac, on September 14, 1998, on the feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Ramos town became the cradle of the SRC Community.”
The Relic of the True Cross
Monasterio De Tarlac is not only famous for its colossal statue of the Risen Christ but for the Relic of the True Cross that enshrined inside the chapel.
After the Pilgrim’s mass, the Shrine will be opened for those who like to view and touch the Holy Relic. Monks will assist everyone for this event.
Peaceful…that is the only word I can say every time I visit the monastery…peaceful in silence…