Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:45

Collegio Filippino Rector appointed Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome


Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, Rector of Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome was appointed by Italian bishops as the new coordinator for the pastoral care of Filipino Migrants in the whole of Italy.

The announcement was made by don Pierpaolo Felicolo, priest in charge of migrants in Rome during Mass presided over by Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 10:30 am.

Photo Credit Facebook Page of Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle who was recently named as the new Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (formerly known as the Congregation for the Propagation of Faith) encouraged those present to be faithful to God's commandments, which are not meant to be burdens upon us, but to guide us in our relationship with him and with others.

"Obeying God's commandments shows that we are committed to him. But in the first place, his giving us the commandments shows his commitment towards us," Cardinal Tagle said.

Fr. Gaston, who has been serving as Rector of PCF since 2010, succeeded Fr. Paulino Bumanglag, SVD.

The Vicariate (Diocese) of Rome has designated Santa Pudenciana in 1991 as the Pastoral Center for Filipinos in Rome, also called the “Sentro Filippino”.

Prior to that year, the Collegio served as the de facto Filipino Chaplaincy, with an office at one corner of the Collegio building, coordinating perhaps 20 or 30 Filippino Communities.

Even earlier, in the 1970’s, when more Filipinos started migrating into Italy, three Religious Congregations initiated Masses for the Filipinos: the Salesians of Don Bosco in Sacro Coure beside Termini, the SVD near Pyramide, and the Irish Pallotine Fathers in San Silvestro, right in Rome City center.

Today, some 50-60 Masses in Filipino, English, Ilocano, Cebuano and Bicolano are coordinated by the Sentro Filippino every Sunday in different parishes, convents and chapels, with Collegio Priests assisting the Sentro in around 15-20 Masses. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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