The Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF) depends first, on the Roman Curia’s Congregation for the Clergy (Vatican), and second, on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through its Episcopal Commission for the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (ECPCF, under the Department of Clergy Formation).
The ECPCF has at most seven Bishop members, including all the Philippine Cardinals as ex officio Members. His Excellency Most Reverend Ruperto C. Santos serves as its Chairman, while its Executive Secretary is always the PCF Rector, who is appointed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy upon recommendation by the CBCP.
The Republic of the Philippines recognizes the CBCP, under which are several Episcopal Commissions. On the other hand, both the Vatican and the Republic of Italy recognize the PCF in Rome.
The ECPCF uses this webpage hosted by the PCF to help fulfill its mandate to look after PCF’s financial viability and stability. Dioceses and funding agencies are unable to raise the amount needed for board and lodging in one of Europe’s most expensive cities (around 12,000.00 US Dollars per year, or 700,000.00 Pesos), hence much of PCF’s operation expenses has to be subsidized. Meanwhile, the Vatican heavily supports mission areas in Africa and Asia, where Catholics form a tiny minority and national economies are weak; it is thus unable to assist the PCF. For those who imagine that the Vatican has infinite budgets and assets: they are much smaller than Harvard, Yale and many other universities in the US!
The ECPCF must thus turn to our fellow Filipinos back home and abroad for support. Your generous donations will help not only individual priests but the whole Church in the Philippines, as our alumni take charge of forming our seminarians back home, that is, our future priests, and other ministries.
Donate to your Diocese’s or Region’s Scholarship Fund…
to cover strictly in this order of precedence:
annual board and lodging: around $9,000 for October to June school year, plus whatever is needed in case of July to September summer stay
health insurance ($200)
residence permit ($200)
bus pass ($300)
tuition fees ($5,000)
books and pocket money (up to $300 a month for the current October to September school year, for the months he is here at the Collegio)
These approximate amounts are really low compared with American standards. Additional funds raised will be reserved for the Diocese’s next student at the Collegio within five years (after which excess funds will be used for the Collegio’s general needs).
To request Masses to be celebrated for you, please select and click on a Priest’s name below (especially those near your region), and from there contact him directly.
whenever possible avoid using the elevator (enclosed space, no distancing when with others, handle and buttons frequently touched, no exercise, less eco-friendly)
sneeze into your handkerchief or upper arm rather into your hands
whenever possible, use your wrist sleeve or elbows to open or close doors or for switches
avoid staying in another’s room for more than 10 minutes; use common areas for meetings or conversations
the usual cleaning procedures of rooms and other spaces greatly help lessen bacterial and viral infections, including Covid
measure your temperature using the thermometer at the lobby
eat healthy, sleep, rest and pray well
be familiar with and follow the guidelines issued by the Italian Government and your university
Access and Collegio Spaces
when coming from outside Collegio, please go direct to the lobby restroom to wash your hands.
while cases are high in Italy, we may receive guests outside the building, or if weather is bad, at the lobby near the main entrance; in such cases visitors should show their Green Pass; please wear mask and maintain social distance
even if not required, those returning from outside Italy are requested to do some quarantine for at least three days, and do a swab test if not yet done
always wear mask and maintain distancing
for ventilation after activities in the Main Chapel, please leave the main door open; the Sisters will open a window and a doors to the sacristy and close everything after 30 minutes or so
in the Multi-Purpose Hall leave one window on each side open for 15 minutes, and close them after to conserve heat (during winter) and for security
in smaller rooms, leave the door and window open for five minutes, then close them after to conserve heat (during winter) and for security
In other rooms without group activities
please ventilate by opening a window for at least 5 minutes, then close it again
you might also wish to ventilate before using
during winter, opening the windows for 5 or 10 minutes will change the air inside the room, and the room will quickly become warm again because the walls, floor, ceiling and furniture still maintain the heat; on the other hand, leaving windows open for long periods will just unnecessarily cool down these surfaces as well, and will require more energy to heat the room up again
Meals in the refectory
wash hands with soap and water before serving oneself
continue to wear mask until we have taken food and sat down; avoid speaking without masks when in front of the serving table and utensils
we may use our fresh utensils (instead of the serving spoons) when taking our first serving
for ventilation after meals, those seated nearest the middle windows of each side may kindly open them; our refectorian will close them afterwards
Kitchen during and outside the pandemic
we maintain the kitchen off limits (except for the Administration, Sisters and Personnel) for hygiene considerations, and also out of consideration for the work load and pacing of those in charge
volunteers (whether residents or outsiders) may be allowed on a case to case basis outside serious pandemic situations
requests may be made through the Administration rather than through the Sisters or Personnel
Confirmed Cases, Close Contacts and Covid tests
“Isolation” refers to the Covid-positive, while “Quarantine” refers to a close contact. In both cases they do not mingle with the community.
“Close contact” with a Covid positive: * face to face (with or without mask) * within 2 meters * for 15 minutes * starting 2 days before the symptoms of the patient (who tested positive) appeared
any pharmacy (setting an appointment is recommended)
Residents take turns in bringing food for those in isolation or quarantine
plastic plates are used
priest is given a set of utensils and glasses for use during isolation or quarantine
preparation is done at the refectory rather than at the kitchen (to minimize entry to the kitchen for hygienic reasons, and to lessen work for the Sisters and personnel; also because priests are more in touch with each other and know their preferences including skipping meals)
Thank you very much for all our efforts in promoting a healthy home in Rome, and in helping those in need!