Construction of Theology Seminary starts in Pangasinan

February 26, 2012 10:28 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 26 — Construction of the future Mary Help of Christian Theology Seminary in Barangay Palapad, San Fabian has officially started following a simple groundbreaking rite last week, according to Archbishop Socrates Villegas of the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese.

The first phase of the project will include the construction of two classrooms, the dining area with kitchen, seminarians’ dormitory with 20 cubicles, temporary oratory, toilets with bathrooms, three rooms for the priests, visitors’ receiving room and the corridors, he said.

He added that this part of the seminary building will have three floor levels covering a floor area of 1,713 square meters.

Phase one will cost P25.87 million, coming from donations from Catholic faithful and other kind hearted individuals here and abroad. The theology seminary will be under the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese.

"With the grace of God and your cooperation, we hope to receive our first batch of theology students when the academic year opens in June 2013," said Archbishop Villegas in his Circular 2012-8 released Feb. 23, 2012.

In his circular, he reported that as of February 15, 2012, the parishes and Catholic schools have remitted P5.34 million to the Chancery while P1.84 million have been donated by individual benefactors or corporations for the seminary fund.

From abroad, the total donations of US$ 1,663 was received.

"Clearly, we are still a long way from our target of P25 million to complete the first phase of the construction," he said.

He said the theology seminary construction "is our tribute of gratitude to our forefathers in the faith, a proclamation of the presence of God amongst His flock and a legacy for future generations of Catholics in Pangasinan".

Thus, he announced that the Church is launching a vicarial fund raising campaign for the whole season of Lent and Easter this year under the direct supervision of the Vicars Forane.

He added the vicarial collections will be remitted to the Chancery by Pentecost Sunday so that the construction funds can be sustained.

The completion of the theology seminary must be the vision of each and every priest, religious and lay faithful in our archdiocese, he said, thus he pleaded with them to please contribute to the seminary construction project.

"I extend my hands to you as a beggar in need of help. Our very own theology seminary will be the enduring sign of our maturity in faith," he added. (PNA)

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