January 17, 2005 The Community of St. Nino of Mohon, Talisay City, Cebu, unanimously accepted the invitation of Fr. Libby Danos, OAD, to establish a foundation of the new monastery in Merida, Leyte. The land was donated by the FRAN Family of Ormoc City. It is approximately six hectares.
May 24, 2007. The Archibishop of Palo, Leyte, gave his blessing. The Father General submitted the documents to the Holy See and the Congregation for Institute of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, grants the petition as requested by the Augustinian Monastery of Sto. Nino to found a new monastery at Merida, Leyte, in the Archdiocese of Palo, with the following nuns as pioneers: Sr. Ma.Victoria Legayada, Sr.Ma.. Evioleta Mino, Sr. Ma. Helen Ybanez, and Sr. Ma. Sol Meda Pomoy.
April 26, 2008, the feast day of Our Mother of Good Counsel, the Laying of Cornerstone took place. The blessing was very successful even though unexpectedly the rain fall down at night and the following morning the road going to the site wasvery muddy and the invited visitors, valued their religious experience of sacrifice, walking in the muddy road going to Mount Zion, the site of the future monastery.
Father Provincial, Rev. Fr. Eusebio Berdon, OSA, who officiated the celebration and it was concelebrated by the OAD Fathers namely; Fr. Libby Danos, Fr. Rolan Biong and Fr, Joseph Liang.
February 21, 2009, the blessing of the phase 1 building of the new monastery took place and it was officiated by Msrg. Bernie Pantin, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Palo, the celebration was attended by Rev. Fr. Eusebio Berdon, Prior Provincial of the Province of Sto. Nino, Rev. Fr. Roy Cuayzon, parish priest of San Isidro Labrador, Merida, Leyte and some other Augustinian Fathers and Contemplative Communities, benefactors, friends and others who wants to witness the inauguration of the new monastery, the power house of prayer founded in the mountain top of Mount Zion, the Augustinian Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
A monastery builds in the mountain top of Mt. Zion, overlooking the natural panoramic view surrounded by valleys, plains and mountain ranges that enhances spiritual desire to be in communion with the Creator. It is truly a place fit, really conducive for prayer, for meditation, for contemplation and giving thanks to God for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon us by merely in touch with the nature, the calmness of the deep blue sea. Some said, they will forget their problem for a while if they will stay in this place and experience God’s presence in their life. “Jesus went up to the mountain to pray (Mk. 6:46)”.
After a couple of months God send us three young women who are willing to serve God and to commit themselves for the Church to continue praying for its mission.
They want to enter to become an Augustinian Contemplative Nun, Iries Surigao, 24 years old from Matlang, Isabel, Leyte; Marivic Clemente, 21 years old from Curva, Ormoc City; Gleenis Brion, 19 years old from Isabel, Leyte. Last June 19, 2011 they took their novitiate stage of formation and we considered them as pioneers in
this monastery. “I have called you by name, you are mine. (Is. 43)”.
July 12, 2010, the construction of the phase 11 building, the chapel and the parlatorio or visiting room took place.
At moment we are six members: two Solemn Professed with three Novices and one Postulant.