MANILA, Nov. 9, 2014 — For the past 53 years, it has been a home away from home for many Filipino priests who continue their studies in Rome, Italy, but now, it is in pretty bad shape. This is why Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle appeals for financial support to start major repairs on the building dubbed the “Home in Rome.”
“The restoration of the Collegio will help preserve the environment of excellence it has established through the years – a quality that will redound to the entire Catholic community,” Tagle said in a media release, calling on the faithful to support a global fundraising campaign for Pontificio Collegio Filippino.
According to Collegio’s rector Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, the institution’s pipelines and heating system need upgrading, and dilapidated walls and cracked floors also need renovation.
He added that the high construction cost in Europe is “a major concern”.
At present, the subsidy Collegio receives from residents’ lodging fees and donations from guests is only enough for its daily operations.
The Collegio, officially known as Pontifical College Seminary of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, has produced more than 500 alumni, many of whom are bishops, archbishops, and papal nuncios who go on to become professors, members of the Diocesan Curia, and serve in specialized ministries such as communications and school systems.
“It takes two to four years for Filipino priests to obtain their ecclesiastical degrees, and after completing their formation, they return to their home dioceses to work with the bishops and to train future priests in seminaries,” Gaston said, noting how much the Collegio supports the life of the Church.
Inaugurated in 1959, the institution, a four-storey structure, is located at 490 Via Aurelia in Rome. (CBCP News)