On September 29, 2006 took place the ceremony of dedication of the new SCJ Theologate in Manila. The new building was blessed by the Bishop of Diocese of Novaliches, Most Rev. Antonio Tobias. Bishop Antonio Tobias is the one who in 1989 accepted SCJs into his Diocese in Pagadian.
The date of this event is connected with the end of the SCJ Asian Zone Conference on the “Postulancy Program” which took place in Manila from September 27 to 28, 2006.
Besides the delegates from Indonesia and India, attending this formators’ meeting, were also present the General Councillor Fr. Claudio Weber from Rome, the Mission Secretary from Germany Fr. Edwin Rombach and the Provincial Superior of the US Province, the main sponsor of this project, Fr. Richard MacDonald.
Among the other invited guests were priests, sisters, religious and lay people connected with the apostolate of our Congregation, including some of the top benefactors.
The celebration started at 6:00 pm with the blessing of the house and was followed by the Holy Eucharist, Power Point presentation of our SCJ District, distribution of plaques of appreciation and finally by the common supper.
Even the ceremony took place just one day after the strong typhoon passed through the Philippines, causing many damages, the celebration was nice and very well prepared.