Filipino priests’ “home in Rome” inaugurates renovated library

The Pontificio Collegio Filippino (PCF), known as the “home in Rome” of Filipino secular diocesan priests, inaugurated its newly renovated and expanded library on April 28, Manila time.

Gracing the event was former Manila Archbishop and the current Pro-prefect of the Dicastery of Evangelization, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who led the Eucharistic celebration, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David,14th Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), Patrick Kelly, and the PCF community headed by its Rector, Rev. Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston.

The reopened facility is now named “The Blessed Michael McGivney Library,” as tribute to the K of C, who was beatified on October 31, 2020, and to acknowledge the institution’s generosity as principal benefactor of the library’s renovation.

Cardinal Tagle took this opportunity to remind Filipino priests of the PCF that their studies at the center of Catholicism must lead to finding joy in “looking for the face of the Father” through Jesus.

“The longing of people to see God is fulfilled in Jesus. So, if we believe in Jesus, then hopefully people will also see the Father in us. You cannot be unchanged when you see the face of God,” he said.

“All that research will amount to nothing if we do not say what Philip says: I am looking for the face of the Father. That library, with all the books and wisdom contained in it, will serve its purpose if it will enhance our search for the Father,” he added.

Both Bishop David and Fr. Gaston recognized the contribution of the K of C to the Philippine Church by providing monetary support to the programs of the CBCP and sponsoring three scholar priests in the Collegio.

Kelly also shared his hope that the new facility may help Rome-based Filipino priests on their  “search in the face of God.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photos from Pontificio Collegio Filippino)

 

 

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