by lapasan on 09/09/11 at 6:59 pm
The Divine Mercy Shrine is a pilgrimage site for devotees of the neighboring places of El Salvador and other parts of Mindanao and the Philippines.
The Divine Mercy Shrine is a pilgrimage site for Divine Mercy and Marian devotees of El Salvador, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao and even the Philippines. The site is just about 15-17 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro, the premier city and the gateway to Northern Mindanao.
The establishment of the shrine was made through the effort of The Divine Mercy Foundation Mindanao (Phil.) Inc. after its founders were said to have received visions from Jesus telling them to build a Church of His Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy is the merciful love of God and the devotees shall have that love and mercy flow through their own hearts toward those in need of them. Believing the visions to be divinely inspired, the founders initiated actions to realize it. The visionaries soon were able to find a land where the church has to be built which is now called the Divine Mercy Hills. Coincidentally, the city where the Divine Mercy Hills are located is in El Salvador. “El Salvador” in Spanish means “the savior or the redeemer”. In places formerly colonized by the Spaniards Jesus Christ was the one being referred to as the “El Salvador” when a place was given that name.
The Divine Mercy Hills which overlook the Macajalar Bay have a total land area of 11.8 hectares that include rest houses and parking lots. For pilgrims there are billeting facilities that are available at very reasonable price. There are also coffee shops, gift shops, store and dining facilities. The Divine Mercy Hills include the Statue of Divine Mercy, the Station of the Cross, seminar and retreat facilities, monastery, the administration building and other structures. The site is an ideal place for prayer and meditation because of its serenity. Devotees, pilgrims and visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and to observe silence during their stay in the place.