St. Scholastica's Priory, Manila, Philippines

Tagaytay Community and
St. Scholastica's Center of Spirituality


In 1991, the Community of Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila Philippines, envisioned the construction of a retreat house in Tagaytay City, a cool mountain region fifty miles south of Manila. It was to serve as an alternative venue for retreats of academic community of St. Scholastica’s College and other Benedictine schools in the Philippines, as well as for formal assemblies, retreats and renewal programs of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of the St. Scholastica’s Priory, Manila. Also envisioned was the possibility of the retreat house eventually offering an integrated program of Benedictine spirituality for those in search of a way of “seeking God”.

The three-building complex of St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality was completed on December 31, 1993 and blessed on February 6, 1994. Three years, later, on September 30, 1997, a new chapel building was added through the generosity of a benefactor who donated the entire amount to cover construction costs. Aside from the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, the building included the Sacro Speco, a replica of the cave in Subiaco, Italy where St. Benedict stayed in solitude for three years. And in September 1998 the sisters’ convent was renovated and its left wing with 10 rooms was made available for use of retreatants.

Tour of St. Scholastica Center of Spirituality

Seminars on Prayer



Icon Writing Course 


RB Course with Sr. Aquinata 


Sisters of the Tagaytay Community

St. Benedict Resource Center

In 2002 plans to set up a Resource Center for solitude and prayer, for study of the RB, Scripture, contemplative prayer, monasticism, Benedictine history, the writings of the Church fathers, etc. began. In addition, the Sisters envisioned monastic institutes for the Benedictine men and women of the Benedictine congregations in the Philippines.

On October 6, 2005, this dream became a reality with the blessing of the Dona Soledad Velez Memorial Hall and the formal opening of the St. Benedict Resource Center. Alongside with the retreats and various programs offered at the St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality, additional opportunities were opened for those interested in Benedictine Spirituality to come to the St. Benedict Resource Center for days of prayer --- individually or in groups, for retreats or workshops, for study of the RB, Benedictine History, Liturgical prayer, etc. With present technological advances, we are offering a rich collection of print and non-print materials to nourish the lives of many.

Tour of St. Benedict Resource Center











St. Scholastica's Priory
2560 Leon Guinto St.1004 Malate, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: 0063-2-524-1524 | 0063-2-526-8075
Fax: 0063-2-521-9292

Web: Sr. Bellarmine Bernas, OSB