For the past several decades, the Carmelite Monastery has long been an epitomé of serene, landscaped, religious facility conducive for meditation, prayer and soul searching.
Sitting atop a hill in Upper Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, the chapel is known for its ascending approach and its singing Monastery Sisters who are hidden from the public eye. In recent years, the hill now known as Seminary Hill has been developed in several phases, most notably the establishment of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, an institution for the priesthood. It wouldn’t be far too long for the entire hill to be fully developed into a religious complex. Lately, a masterplan for the Seminary Hill Complex has been prepared. In the works is the proposed Rotunda, situated between the 9th and 10th Stations of the Cross.
The local churchgoers have used the ascending roadway as their “Panaad” during Holy Week. The place is near the city proper, very accessible and with a picturesque view of the city. The large trees in the area have been preserved over the years and provide the necessary shade from the sun.
Truly, the full development of this religious complex complements the Cagayanon’s spiritual characteristic. With the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador becoming a major tourist attraction, Seminary Hill Complex will not be far behind once the developments are realized.