WELCOME to the Pontificio Collegio Filippino!
Inaugurated by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1961, the Collegio is the "Home in Rome" of Filipino secular diocesan priests, carefully chosen and formally sent by their respective bishops to pursue further studies in the different ecclesiastical centers in Rome. They may 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.
Our Present Residents
The PCF currently home to 30 student priests from the different Philippine dioceses. Another 11 priests live with us, who come from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasha), Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.
Three Administrators coordinate the Collegio's day to day activities: a Rector, a Vice-Rector/Procurator, and a Spiritual Director.
Four Filipina Dominican Sisters (OP's of the Congregación Misionaria de Santo Domingo) help as support staff of our Pontifical College. They are assisted by three lay personnel.
In the course of the past 50 years our venerable institution has afforded many Filipino ecclesiastics the opportunity of continuing their formation at the Pontifical Universities in urbe, specializing in the Sacred Sciences. The stay of these priests in Rome has served not only their intellectual and cultural formation, but has above all given them a better knowledge of the Church’s Magisterium. Their Roman formation therefore has contributed in fostering an affective and effective communion with the Universal Church and with the Successor of Peter when they go home to serve in their local dioceses in the Philippines. Priests returning from Rome play a vital role as seminary formators, professors, members of the Diocesan Curia, or in other specialized ministries such as the mass media or school systems. Some 50 alumni have been named bishops, including all four Filipino Papal Nuncios (who serve as the Holy Father's Ambassadors worldwide).
You, Our Friends
The Collegio has always welcomed guests visiting us for a few hours or a few days (space permitting) referred by the Bishops or our Residents and Alumni, or by other guests who have enjoyed the family atmosphere of this Filipino "Home in Rome".
Our friends continue to be united with us through their prayers, encouragement and material support. We also include them in our daily intentions, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Please contact us for information on how you can help.