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1M para kay M: Second Phase of the Fund Raising Campaign for the Theology Seminary launched

22 February 2012 – Dagupan City. The celebration of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season is the launching date of the second phase of the fund raising campaign for the construction of the Theology Seminary. The new theology seminary will be named after Mary, the Help of Christians. The High School and the College seminaries in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan are named Tarpaulin II Yellowin honor of Mary, Help of Christians.

The initial phase of the fund raising campaign covered the period between 16 December 2011 to 8 February 2012. It was an awareness campaign, to let the faithful know of  the need and the rationale for the Theology Seminary in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. In the initial campaign, the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario” was utilized. The “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario” focused on the campaign that the support given to the seminary is a “legacy that will transcend our lifetime”. On 16 February 2012,  the names of the donors written in the “Libro” were were laid on the site of the future altar of the seminary chapel.

“Bless our Vision. Make it happen”. The Vicariate Campaign

The 2nd phase of the campaign will go down to the five vicariates of the archdiocese. The archdiocese has five vicariates.

The Prayer for the Theology Seminary is asking God to  “bless our vision…” of the Theology Seminary. It further asks God to “make it happen.” The theology seminary is not only the vision of the whole archdiocese, but also the vicariates. Hopefully, at the end of this 1M para kay Mcampaign, the theology seminary is not something that is way up in the archdiocesan consciousness of our people, but it is something that is shared among the parishes in the vicariates.

In the prayer, we ask God to bless our vision; we ask God to make it happen;  we ask God to use us (the vicariates) to make it happen.

1M para kay M

The duration of the vicariate campaign shall be from  the start of Lent (22 February, Ash Wednesday) up to Pentecost (27 May 2012), or about three months. The launching of the campaign will be held by vicariates. Each vicariate is given the mission to raise a minimum of Php One Million (PhP 1,000,000.00). “1M para kay M” is Php One million for Mary, the patroness of the new theology seminary.

First Phase of the Construction

Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, in a circular letter, said that “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.

In the same letter, Archbishop Soc gave a report with regard to the ongoing fund raising campaign. He said, “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.”

He further said that “clearly, we are still a long way from our target of twenty five million pesos to complete the first phase of the construction”.C360_2012-02-16 10-30-08

Gratitude, Proclamation, Legacy

Archbishop Villegas wrote, “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.

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.

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