About Us


On November 21, 1796, feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, Marie Rivier and four of her companions had the incredible audacity to find a community in the small village of Thueyts, Ardeche, France. Together, they consecrated themselves to God and to the education of youth.

“This task began at the time or persecution” says Mother Rivier in days when hardly anyone dared declare himself a Christian.” In the middle of this upheaval and confusion, a few women came together…. These five young women were really poor but could quench the fire which burned within them. Making Jesus Christ known and loved became their whole life.

What will be the future of this very small fame of hope springing up with church of France immersed in the storm? The adventure towards which the burning wind of the spirit carries the young foundation is tremendous! The fire catches very quickly. Dozens of small communities light up the parishes, equaling as many centers of Christian Education.

Who has done all these? Marie Rivier repeated it unceasingly. “Everything comes to us from the Blessed Virgin. “ It is therefore upon Mary that she confers the title of Foundress. She wanted that this house be totally dedicated to her which bears the name of her Presentation in the Temple.

Blessed Marie Rivier’s prophetic words, “My daughters will cross the seas”, were realized as the congregation spread all over the world, crossing the oceans to Canada, America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

On October 26, 1950, four PM Sisters from Manchester Province, USA arrived in the Philippines and first worked among the Muslims at the Notre Dame of Fatima in Siasi, Sulu (until 1957). From there they spread to the following schools: St. peter’s College of Toril in 1953; Notre Dame of Jolo in 11954 (until 1959); Holy Cross College of Calinan in 1958; Notre Dame of Mlang in 1962; Holy Cross of Malita and Holy Cross of Mintal in 1963; Holy Cross of Malalag in 1967; Notre Dame of Magpet in 1978 (until 1980); St. Michael’s School of Padada in 1980; Holy Cross of Sta. Maria
in 1984; and the Presentation of Mary School of Clarin in 2010. The PM Sisters are engaged in Campus Ministry work in Borongan, Eastern, Samar in 2009.

In 1996, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary celebrated the second centenary of their foundation. It was an opportunity for them and their friends to celebrate the fidelity of the Lady to this religious family which was kept alive and united in the service of the church despite the upheavals of history.

At this time, some fifteen hundred religious women are present in eighteen countries of the world.
In Africa: Mozambique, Senegal, Gambia, Cameron, Island Madeira
In North America: Canada, United States, Ireland
In South America: Peru, Brazil, Ecuador
In Asia: Japan, Philippines, Indonesia
In Europe: France, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Italy

In fidelity to the grace received by Marie Rivier, the apostolic spirit of the Congregation is expressed whatever the apostolate by the explicit proclamation of Jesus Christ.

However, the priority remains Christian education of young people in the schools where an intense and fruitful collaboration exist between religious and laity (faculty and staff).

Many young Filipina women have become Presentation of Mary Sisters and many are now in formation at the Presentation of Mary Formation House in Catalunan Grande, Davao City.

The history of the Holy Cross of Mintal dates way back to June 1959 when a priest of a foreign Mission Society of Quebec (PME) began the direction of the school. Reverend Father Marcel Lavoie, PME was the school first director. The school had only three teachers and used the ground floor of the parish convent as their temporary

Later, because of the demand of Catholic education, three classrooms were constructed in 1960. Then in 1963-1964, the school was given to the permanent management to the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.

Holy Cross of Mintal has been existing and serving the community for more than 50 years with the constant goal to give quality Christian Education to the youth. Such goal has propelled the school community to search and explore possibilities of development to respond to the call for quality Christian Education.

Major areas of development such as Instruction, Administrative and Faculty Development, Student Services, and Physical Plant are being done intensely to give quality service to its growing population.

Looking at the panoramic view of Holy Cross of Mintal, Inc. : two old buildings at the center are still used as grade school classrooms, PTA/Alumni office, Campus Ministry/Community Extension’s Office, Chapel and student lounge. Other facilities such as the school canteen, school supply center, livelihood center, library, computer and internet laboratory can be seen at the two storey building in front of the covered
court. Within the covered court area, there is a sound room and dressing room. The ground floor of the covered court stage is the audio-visual room for both high school and grade school departments

The Marie Rivier building was built where the administrative offices, faculty room and high school classrooms can be found both on the first and second floor. Connected to this building are the following: Comfort Room for Girls, Guidance and Testing Center, Health Center at the second storey, while the HS Science Laboratory, and Technology and Livelihood Education laboratory are in the ground floor.

At present, Holy Cross of Mintal, Inc., continues its mission to provide quality Christian Education to its clientele.

The M represents the monogram of the Congregation of the Presentation of Mary Congregation who owns and administers the school.

The CROSS ON TOP OF M represents Christ. The stars represent the attributes of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The MOUNTAIN stands as a witness to growth and progress of the school.

The LAUREL LEAVES represent the wreath of learning while a student strives to achieve in the portals of this institution.


This motto rightly proclaims the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and the Church.

By honoring Christ’s Mother and the Mother of men, the school knows fully well, that such reverence will simultaneously cause Her Son to be known and loved, glorified, and all his commandments observed.

The Presentation of Mary Sisters, who administers the Holy Cross of Mintal, together with its lay partners believe that:

  • holistic development is acquired through the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ, inspired by Marian Spirit and Marie Rivier’s
  • quality instruction encompasses well-planned curricular programs, relevant experiences and excellent teaching;
  • true Christianity is the manifestation of great compassion, strong faith, worthy competence and unwavering commitment
  • “All for God, all through Holy love.”

At present, Holy Cross of Mintal, Inc., continues its mission to provide quality Christian Education to its clientele.

A holistic community imbued with Christian values and diverse competencies dynamically responsive to the needs of society

We commit ourselves to:
a. deliver quality instructions with clear emphasis on the integration of Christian values, Marian spirituality and Marie Rivier’s virtues for the total
formation of individuals;
b. serve the community through various innovative programs and formative activities to acquire multiple skills and competencies; and
c. provide services that foster the values of justice and compassion to others.

It expects its pupils and students to:
a. participate actively in the rituals, prayers and other spiritual activities;
b. acquire mastery of lifelong learning skills, attitudes and values;
c. live in conformity with the norms of the society;
d. manifest a strong conviction to promote and support the programs needed for the development of the community;
e. Understand and perform physical fitness in sustaining and promoting an active lifestyle.