If you need to offer a few prayers while in Metro Tagaytay, you might want to stop by The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy- more popularly known as the Pink Sisters chapel.
The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy may be an attraction for often noisy and nosey tourists, but behind its bars and glass are those who answered the call to live in silence.
Located at the Holy Spirit Drive in Barangay Maitim, Tagaytay City, the convent often called the Pink Sisters Chapel has endless visitors carrying their own list of prayers. Also included in their visit is the chance to see nuns praying with them 24 hours a day — although they can only be seen behind the iron grilles of the altar.
The convent was established through the Society of Divine Word, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters all founded by Saint Arnold Janssen. The nuns’ presence in the chapel gives the place an even more sacred ambiance. It further influences visitors to bow their heads and kneel before God.
If you feel like rushing and you want the nuns to help you pray, there are boxes on both sides of the chapel where you can drop a piece of paper of your prayer intentions. Also, the best contribution visitors can give to the monastery is the act of purchasing their souvenir items and the must-have Pink Sister Cloister Cookies. I was told that the cookies are personally made by the sisters and that they really taste incredible. Too bad, the shop and the office were closed when I was there to visit.
And because like others who do not fully understand their vow of silence, I tried talking to one nun named Sister Mary. But she said she wasn’t the best person to discuss convent matters and it so happened that I needed to make a schedule to interview the mother superior. She was also glad that I’ve shared my interest in understanding them, so she instead gave me a leaflet with a contact number for those who are interested to follow their path.
Masses at the Pink Sisters Chapel are scheduled at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Sunday. If you want to catch the daily mass, you must be there early as the chapel tends to get full quickly.
For those who are interested to join the Pink Sisters, you may call (046) 413-1216 or visit them personally at the Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy. It is on Aguinaldo Highway a few kilometers from the Tagaytay City rotunda.