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– School Year 2023-2024 Calendar

Regular Spiritual Activities


  • 6:30 a.m. Monday to Friday = English Mass with Italian Laudes (moved to 7:30 a.m. during breaks and final days of exams)
  • 7:30 a.m. Saturday = English Mass with Italian Laudes
  • 8:00 a.m. Sunday = English Mass


  • 6:30 p.m. daily = all are encouraged to maintain an atmosphere of silence and prayer in PCF
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday = Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
  • 6:45 p.m. Tuesday = weekly Community Mass (at times in Latin), then cocktails and dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday = Rosary and Vespers in Italian
  • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday = Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Vespers
  • Third Fridays = Monthly Recollection (Friday 6:30 p.m. to Saturday 7:30 a.m. Mass)
  • Confession and Spiritual Direction = personally scheduled

Other Regular Activities

  • First Fridays every month = Council of Co-Responsibles’ meeting (called by the Coordinator as needed)
  • Second Tuesdays every other month = Priests’ Assembly (called by the Coordinator as needed)
  • Monthly Presbyterium Day (determined by batch)
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries are usually celebrated at dinner. The celebrant may sponsor some special food to be cooked by the Collegio kitchen.
  • Academic Conference (at least once a semester, usually on a Thursday 8:15 p.m. so that Filipino Community members could attend; suspended as needed during the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • Refectory Services and Meal schedules (click here)
  • PCF Laundry Services: the drop box is open from Saturday to 3:00 pm Monday. They will be in the laundry boxes or hangers by Wednesday at the earliest. Not allowed: socks, briefs, boxer shorts, dry-cleaning.
  • There is also a laundry room for Priests on the first floor. Clothes you wash yourselves may be brought down for ironing at the PCF laundry from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Activities by Date for SCHOOL YEAR 2023-2024

SEP. 28 Thu-OCT. 1 SunAnnual Retreat
OCT. 10Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit
OCT. 13-14Pictorial Days
OCT. 17Priests’ Assembly
OCT. 19Filipino Chaplaincy Meeting (5:00 PM)
OCT. 20-21Pictorial Days
OCT. 27BEC Assembly (6:30 PM)
 Audience with Philippine Delegates to the Synod of Bishops (8:30 PM)
NOV. 1Rector’s Day: Community Pictorial and Pilgrimage (Norcia-Cassia)
NOV. 3First Friday Devotion (Conference: Fr. A. Recepcion) (6:15 PM, Crypt)
NOV. 14CCR Monthly Meeting
NOV. 16Confession
NOV. 16Academic Seminar with Msgr. Edward Karaan on Human Relations
NOV. 17-18Recollection
NOV. 21Priests’ Assembly
NOV. 24Kanto Night
NOV. 25Solemn Vespers
NOV. 26Solemnity of Christ the King: Eucharistic Procession
DEC. 1First Friday Devotion (Conference: Fr. G. Gaston) (6:15 PM, Crypt)
DEC. 7Solemn Mass/Pre-Christmas Party
DEC. 8Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
DEC. 8-9Recollection
DEC. 16-24Misas de Aguinaldo
DEC. 25Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
JAN. 1Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
JAN. 6Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
JAN. 9CCR Monthly Meeting
JAN. 16Priests’ Assembly
JAN. 18Confession
JAN. 19-20Recollection
JAN. 26Kanto Night
FEB. 2Candlemass/First Friday Devotion (Conference: Fr. M. Tabion) (6:15 PM, Crypt)
FEB. 10Winter Outing to Gran Sasso
FEB. 13Mardi Gras
FEB. 14Ash Wednesday
FEB. 15Confession
FEB. 16-17Recollection
FEB. 20CCR Monthly Meeting
FEB. 23Kanto Night
 FEB. 17 Priests’ Assembly
MAR. 1First Friday Devotion (Conference: Fr. G. Gaston) (6:15 PM, Crypt)
MAR. 12CCR Monthly Meeting
MAR. 15-16Recollection
MAR. 19Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the B.V.M.
MAR. 21Confession
MAR. 22Kanto Night
MAR. 24-30Holy Week
MAR. 28Holy Thursday Chrism Mass (St. Peter’s Basilica)
APR. 1-5Easter Break/Optional Pilgrimage
APR. 6Community Pilgrimage
APR. 9CCR Monthly Meeting
APR. 11Collegio Day Preparatory Meeting
APR. 16Priests’ Assembly
APR. 18Confession
APR. 19-20Recollection
APR. 25Festa della Liberazione (Festivo)
APR. 26Kanto Night
MAY 1Festa del Lavoro (Festivo)
MAY 2-4Collegio Day Triduum Masses
MAY 5Collegio Day
MAY 10-12CCR Election
MAY 14Induction of New CCR Officers – Meeting
MAY 16Confession
MAY 17-18Recollection
MAY 21Priests’ Assembly
MAY 31Kanto Night
JUN. 2Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Eucharistic Procession
JUN. 13Confession
JUN. 14-15Recollection (Synthesis)
JUN. 18Gabi ng Parangal
JUN. 23Barrio Fiesta
JUN. 29Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul


  • For Licentiate students: your term papers and other submitted work could eventually form part of your thesina; you might wish to work on topics somewhat aligned with your field of interest whenever possible.
  • For Licentiate students: during the second semester of your penultimate year, you might wish to start looking for a topic and a thesina moderator, and come up with an outline as well as the introductory part. It might be possible to devote some time during summer to gather materials for your thesina, especially if you go the US, in between visits, where public or university libraries are accessible, and where summer pastoral work is at a minimum. This will help you avoid cramming for the thesina (which demands hard work) and other papers during the final year, and give you more time to review for the comprehensive exams on your final semester.


  • Online Enrollment: usually by early or mid-September (check exact dates with your University)
  • Enrollment in Rome : usually starting last week of September (check exact dates with your University)
  • Annual Retreat 2024: Oct 3 Thu (after breakfast) to Oct 6 Sun (after breakfast) *
  • Classes begin: October 7 Mon (check exact date with your University; usually the first Monday after October 1)


* The Annual Retreat is part of any Priests’ on-going formation program. All Collegio Priests are expected to attend the Annual Retreat organized by the Collegio, even if some might have already attended, or plan to attend, other retreats. This is because our retreat underlines points for reflection specific for priestly life as student residents of the Collegio here in Rome. “The student-priests must always make time for their spiritual monthly recollection, and annual retreat, absence from any of which could only be premised on truly grave reason(s)” (Ordinances, I. SPIRITUAL LIFE. 3. Retreat and Recollection). More on the annual retreat at: https://pcfroma.org/kb/09-sep-oct-retreat/.

For those with Italian lessons or Italian exams, classes, program orientation, etc., overlapping with the annual retreat: the PCF Rector writes the institutions concerned regarding our retreat. He explains that:

  • there is no other period during the school year where the Collegio may schedule the retreat (students do pastoral work, review for the exams or have other plans during Christmas, New Year, Holy Week, Easter and summers)
  • other Collegios hold the retreat in other periods and the students also have to skip classes
  • the retreat not only tackles spiritual matters, but also serves as an introduction to life in the Collegio for the incoming school year; and thus the students should attend the whole retreat and not miss any session
  • as per past experiences, the Italian exams may be moved to the Wednesday before the retreat, while class and program orientation organizers excuse the students, as they very well understand the need for the retreat, and they also say that this is a yearly experience they are used to having, as many Collegios have their retreats or other activities on these days.