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Philippine Pontifical College welcomes 16 new student priests

Philippine Pontifical College welcomes 16 new student priests
Some Filipino priests gather for Mass at the Crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, Sept. 10, as they begin their new mission as students in Rome, Italy. COURTESY OF FR. MARC LEO CELADA

By CBCP News

September 10, 2022

Rome, Italy

A number of Filipino priests gathered for Mass at the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday as they begin their studies in Rome, Italy.

The liturgy was led by Fr. Andrew Reception, spiritual director of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), with Ms. Lyla Grace Macahilig, Philippine ambassador to the Holy See, in attendance.

PCF Rector Fr. Ramon Gregory Gaston said that at least 41 Filipinos — 16 of them are newcomers — will do further studies this school year.

“After 2-4 years of ongoing formation and specialized studies, they return to their home dioceses to help in seminaries, parishes and other diocesan ministries,” Fr. Gaston said.

Established in 1961, the PCF serves as the official residence of Filipino diocesan priests studying in different universities in Rome.

It has also been serving as the de facto Filipino Chaplaincy, with one office coordinating several Filipinos working in Rome.

Aside from the Filipinos, there are also 10 priests of different nationalities who are currently residing at the PCF.

Fr. Gaston thanked those who provided support for scholarships, operations, programs and other needs of the Collegio.

The PCF welcomes financial donations from those who wish to support its ministry. Visit their website for more information at https://pcfroma.org/.

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