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III. Home in Rome

 

Rooms

You are provided with a night table by the bed, study table, chair, study lamp, towels, bed linens and crucifix. Please inform the Administrators immediately if you need anything else, or if something needs to be fixed or replaced. Kindly keep your things inside your rooms.

Since labor and materials to do repairs in Europe cost a lot, kindly take care not to scratch or damage the rooms’ surfaces, especially in moving furniture or luggage. Do not use nails, tacks, pins, tapes, etc. on any concrete, metal, wood, tile or other surfaces, whether in the bedroom or bathroom, as doing so will damage or scratch the surfaces, or leave adhesive substances that will accumulate dust difficult to remove. Electrical or water lines embedded in the walls might also be hit, causing short circuits or leaks.

The doors have been intentionally left free of hooks, as their hinges tend to misalign if loaded. Besides, their surfaces have a special heat-treated lamination, and just to patch up scratches or nail or screw holes, they need to be brought to a laboratory, probably costing hundreds of Euros for labor and materials.

Unlike with wooden walls back home, which do not easily get stained, our painted cement walls can easily be smeared and scratched. For example, please take care not to mark them with your shoes or sweat (from arms or back of shirt), or rub them with with your rag when cleaning your study table.

Please coordinate with the Rector before getting any item from other rooms, storage areas, or common areas. Kindly coordinate with the Economus if you have additional appliances such as televisions or refrigerators, as they are subject to additional fees to cover electricity.

Meals and Kitchen Services

Time frames for meals are the following:

  • breakfast: 6:30-9:30 a.m.
  • lunch: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • dinner: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

By 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m., our staff may start to take away food from the serving table, with the desert removed last, giving us time to get more of it if we wish. We may still remain at table, but please turn in used utensils and plates by then. For extended conversations or get-togethers, please transfer to the coffee area or the Kantos, so the refectory may be cleaned at the end of the meal schedules. This will allow our Sisters and Staff to do other tasks and rest sooner, and will also reduce food spoilage.

The refectory’s giant sliding doors will be locked outside meal times. This will allow our staff to work efficiently, avoid extending beyond their work hours, and rest.

Snacks are not officially provided by the Collegio, but they are normally available anytime at the “Caffè Collegio” area. Feel free to leave your extra snacks there too.

Please note that as part of proper management, breakfast food is budgeted. If you wish to bring out snacks for the day, feel free to get some from the snacks area, rather than from the breakfast table. Bottled water is not provided by the Collegio, except as part of packed lunch.

You may put food (or medications) in the refrigerators in the refectory, but be sure to put your name if still want them later; otherwise they are considered free for public consumption.

Kindly inform the Rector (not the Sisters or Lay Personnel, for a streamlined coordination):

  • if you will not be here for a meal, or if inviting guests (especially more than two), so he can tell the kitchen how much food to prepare
  • if you need packed lunch (order by lunch time the day before)
  • if you’re coming late, so we can reserve food for you
  • if you have medically indicated needs for special diets; we will try our best to provide them, but this might still entail additional effort and expenses on your part

To respect the work of our Sisters and Lay Personnel, budgeting, physical order, sanitation, and use of time, the kitchen is off limits. Please coordinate with the Administrators (not just with the Sisters or Lay Personnel) if you wish to help in special occasions. Those who want to cook some food they procure may do so at the Kanto, where a stove and washing area are available.

The Aperitif room (in front of the Rector’s Office) is maintained for use anytime by Bishops and other VIP’s, and for the Administration’s meetings. Students may entertain their Bishops or Professors there as well. For their study sessions, meetings, and other activites, students may use the Kanto, or, especially when with non-clergy visitors, the Visitor’s Lounge.

Meals do not only nourish us physically, but also serve as opportunities to interact with and learn from each other, practice Italian and other languages, and grow in our vocation as a family of priests. Please be punctual so we can start together with a prayer.

Laundry

We may leave our soiled clothes (except for socks and underwear) in the laundry drop on Sundays and Mondays. Please segregate light from dark colored clothes.

For those who wish to avail of ironing services of clothes they themselves wash, you may leave them at the indicated area on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

To facilitate our staff’s work, these schedules are strictly observed, and the laundry area is strictly off limits. Laundry services are suspended during the months of July and August.

Dress Code

While the Collegio is a home, it is also a Pontifical institution, and a Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

When outside the privacy of our rooms, and in particular, when in the ground floor and basement levels, kindly refrain from using shorts (except during sports), sleeveless, and attire for sleeping.

In the presence of guests, especially in special occasions and with VIP’s, our clerical attire reflects our deference to them, who themselves wear clothing appropriate for the occasion, and to the institutions they represent.

Overnights Out

Your Bishops have entrusted your care to the Collegio Rector. To properly carry out this responsibility, the Rector has to know whenever a priest will be out overnight from the Collegio, which is his normal place of residence as determined by the Bishop.

Kindly email the Rector (not sms, written on paper, or social media, for easier reference) in advance the address where you will be staying, the contact person, and his or her celphone number, whenever you will be out of the Collegio overnight or longer. This way the Rector can still hopefully contact you, for example in emergencies, even if you yourself are unable to reply through the usual channels.

Kindly inform the Rector personally or via messaging just before leaving for or upon returning from such a trip – just as we take leave of our parents and siblings, and greet them when we return home, even though we had already informed them of our plans days earlier.

Deep Sleep

Sleep doctors recommend 8 straight hours of sleep, which is not the same, for example, as 6 hours of sleep in the night, and 2 in the afternoon. We enter into deep sleep after the fourth hour, so an 8-hour sleep provides us with 4 hours of deep sleep. On the other hand, 6 hours of sleep will provide us with only 2 hours of deep sleep, while the 2-hour sleep in the afternoon will not give us any deep sleep.

With enough sleep, we will manage to undersland our lessons better, read and compose faster, and be more efficient in general. Working intensely 8 hours a day (just like lay professionals and workers) will be manageable. On the other hand, not enough sleep will make our body system work harder unnecessarily, decrease our attention span, and bring us health complications. Those with chronic health problems (heart, gastrointestinal tract, acid reflux, skin, kidneys, diabetes, asthma, etc.) should try their best to sleep 8 straight hours every night. Lack of sleep also weakens our will power and affects our decision-making, including, for example, with regards to work and study patterns, priorities, food intake, etc. It will require us to waste extra hours trying to read or write a chapter, hours that we could have instead spent sleeping soundly. In this sense, it is better to sleep two extra hours, than to waste two extra hours trying to understand a lesson we could have understood quickly, if only we had slept well the night before…

Being faithful to our personal schedule will allow us to pray, study, interact with others, exercise, and do everything else we need to do, without sacrificing our rest and hours of sleep.

Board and Lodging, and Tuition Fees

The Collegio financially relies principally on the board and lodging contributions from the students. Kindly turn them in at the start of the school year. If for any reason there is a delay, kindly inform the Economus at the start of the school year how and when you plan to pay.

Some universities require the Collegios to pay the students’ tuition fees together. In this case, please submit your payments to our Economus; you are also responsible to remind the Economus of the deadlines, otherwise you will have to pay the fines for late payments. On the other hand, if there is no such requirement, kindly pay your tuition fees directly to the universities, following the procedures they indicate.

Guests

Please feel free to invite guests to the Collegio for a visit, Mass or meals. We may entertain them at the Lobby area, snacks area or in the visitors’s parlor.

On the other hand, to ensure us all of silence for our needed rest, study and prayer, the top three floors are off limits to guests. Only in exceptional cases, and with the Rector’s permission, may we bring male adult guests to our rooms. Ladies, including religious sisters, and minors, are strictly off limits to the priests’ rooms.

Sisters

The Sisters have their own community program when it comes to prayers and meals, and other activities. These are made compatible with their assignment a the Collegio, and with their Generalate, on whom they depend.

As a Canonically constituted local community, the Sisters have an exclusive right to their own convent. This includes half of the left wing on the third floor, as well as their refectory beside the kitchen. Entrance to these areas require the permission of the Collegio Rector and the Sisters’ Superior.

Out of respect for the Sisters, any request made to them should be first cleared with the Collegio Administrators.

Lay Personnel

Even though in our previous assignments, we might have been directing many persons, here at the Collegio the services rendered by our lay personnel need to be coordinated by the Administrators.

Hence, and also out of respect for the lay personnel, some of whom might find it difficult to say no to priests, any request made to them should be first cleared with the Collegio Administrators. They have been instructed to this effect.