Circular 2012-8: Fund Drive for the Theology Seminary
February 23, 2012
Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
RE: Fund Drive for the Theology Seminary
My dear people of God:
We have officially laid the cornerstone for the future Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary and the construction work has likewise started. The first phase of the construction will include two classrooms, the dining area with kitchen, seminarians’ dormitory with twenty cubicles, temporary oratory, toilets with bathrooms, three rooms for the priests, visitors’ receiving room and the corridors. This part of the seminary building will have three floor levels covering a floor area of 1,713 square meters.
The total cost of phase one will be PhP25, 873, 213.00. 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.
As of February 15, 2012, the parishes and Catholic schools have remitted Ph P5, 342, 928. 40 to the Chancery while PhP1,842,266.00 have been donated by individual benefactors or corporations for the seminary fund. From abroad, we have total donations of US$ 1,663.00. Clearly, we are still a long way from our target of twenty five million pesos to complete the first phase of the construction.
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. Please allow the Lord to use you to make this happen. We will launch a vicarial fund raising campaign for the whole season of Lent and Easter this year under the direct supervision of our Vicars Forane. The vicarial collections will be remitted to the Chancery by Pentecost Sunday so that we can sustain the construction funds.
The completion of the theology seminary must be the vision of each and every priest, religious and lay faithful in our archdiocese. I plead with you 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.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
(Central Pangasinan, Philippines)