Spiritual growth of friends as they collaborate in strengthening the Church back home in the Philippines by forming more specialized Priests.
FC creates avenues for generous hearts to help offer quality holistic formation and specialized studies in Rome for Filipino Priests.
Why was FC Set Up in the US as an IRS 501c3 Tax Deductible Charity?
Funding agencies in the Vatican, Germany, Italy and other countries increase their assistance to poorer mission areas worldwide. On the other hand, they are gradually decreasing support for the Philippines, considering that we are already a mature Church, approaching 500 years of Christianity in the year 2021.
The decline in scholarship opportunities has caused the Collegio population to decrease to around half of its 60-room capacity. Furthermore, urgent renovation of its 60-year old building requires much effort. The high cost of living, labor and construction materials in the Italian capital immediately depletes the Collegio’s only source of stable income: a mere $8,000 per student per school year for complete board and lodging, including individual rooms with bathroom, laundry, meals and snacks. Raising our fees will make it more difficult for our Bishops to send students to Rome.
For this reason, FC was set up as a non- profit organization, to allow US-based donors to more easily help the Collegio. Donations for scholarships, operations, programs, and other needs of the Collegio are issued receipts, which the donor may use for tax-deduction purposes by virtue of the IRS 501c3 determination letter dated February 10, 2016. Donations are deposited to FC’s bank account in the US; checks paid to the Collegio are then regularly issued by FC.
You may also find FC in the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search. Be sure to:
Search By “Organization Name”
and put as Search Term: “Friends of the Collegio”
Other non-profit information on FC:
UBI no: 603522418
EIN no: 47-4473775
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN:
“Friends of the Collegio” / CFC #53585
WASHINGTON STATE – COMBINED FUND DRIVE
“Friends of the Collegio” / WA CFD Charity Code: 1482093
How Will My Help Benefit the Church in the Philippines?
Priests in Rome live close to the Holy Father physically, spiritually and doctrinally. They specialize in Theology, Philosophy, Canon Law, Sacred Scriptures, Liturgy, History, Communications, Patristics, and other fields, taking up either the Licentiate (a degree higher than the Master’s) or Doctoral degrees, for a period of generally two to four years. When they return to the Philippines, they handle the seminaries to train our future priests, and other specialized ministries of the diocese, such as the Tribunal, Biblical Apostolate, Media Office, Clergy continuing education, and so on.
As St. Pope John XXIII said when he blessed the Collegio in 1961:
“These buildings destined for the formation of your students in sacred sciences will be like channels by which Catholic life will be promoted among you, and the bond by which the Philippines, a Nation very dear to us, will more intensely be linked with the supreme Magisterium of the Church”.
Logo A loving caring heart, and a praying helping hand — of friends assisting Filipino Priests sent by their Bishops for ongoing formation and further studies in Rome.
Color Burgundy, a deep, dark red, can be found in the Collegio Filipino’s central spiral staircase connecting all the floors. Many of the building’s tiles, bricks and other surfaces approach this color as well.
Burgundy symbolizes wealth, power and ambition, which in the case of Collegio Filippino are elevated to the spiritual realm: the spiritual treasures of God’s grace, the power to serve and to be the last, and the holy ambition to bring Christ’s message of love, joy, justice and peace to the whole world. (Burgundy is reminiscent of wine produced in France’s Burgundy region. Its hex code is #800020.)Burgundy is reminiscent of wine produced in France’s Burgundy region. Its hex code is #800020
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