The Carmelite Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Rodante Cortez moved to Burgos in the Pangasinan region of the Philippines in search of a better future for his family.  He found work as the tenant of a landowner, tending a patch of land and growing rice.

During the rainy season, Rodante plants rice, however his patch at the top of a hill with no irrigation is particularly difficult.  He must find money for everything he needs: extra hands to help, seeds to sow, a tractor to till the soil and fertilizer for the crop.  When he harvests he has to give the landlord 60%.  In the past, the landowner has lent him money, meaning he had to give away even more of his harvest, meaning less food and money for his family.

This is where the support of The Carmelite Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been instrumental.  The Monastery Bursar has been able to give Rodante an interest free loan, meaning he does not become caught in the trap of repaying interest.  With the financial pressure taken off, throughout the year Rodante has been able to tend to the mango trees and plant other vegetables, making extra income for himself and his family.

The Magdelan Wellness Center and Integrated Farm

This project is based at the Mount Carmel Monastery in Escalente City, Negros Occidental and is a venue for the Carmelite Friars and the Magdelan farm community to experience healing  and reconciliation of self through an organic sustainable farm.

Some of the land in use has been developed for pasture (cows and water buffalo); vegetables, corn, root crops for the Center, the school and local parish communities occupy another portion.  The orchard has been planted with a variety of fruit trees providing an additional source of income for both the Carmelite and the farm community.  In addition to the cows and water buffalo, chickens, ducks, pigs and goats are also raised.

Alongside all the hands-on work, there are seminars and training sessions.


Society of the Little Flower UK supports Carmelite projects around the world such as the Burgos Monastery and Magdelan Wellness Center.  The donations of our supporters – old and new – is essential to continuing of the important work done by these projects.  Please sign up for a regular donation today, or if that is not possible, please consider a one-off donation.  Click here to donate.