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History

Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society


The Lorenzo Mission Institute was established in 1987 by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D., who was the Archbishop of Manila that time. His primordial intention and mission was to intensify, continue and develop more the Filipino-Chinese Apostolate which was begun by Bishop Domingo de Salazar, OP, the first Bishop of Manila during the 16th century Spanish mission in the Philippines.


Domingo Salazar, O.P., the first Bishop of Manila initiated the vision of the new apostolate in the 16th century Spanish mission in the Philippines. Then, the Chinese priests during the middle of the 20th century built parishes, schools, and hospitals that ushered a new springtime in the Filipino-Chinese Apostolate and directed its continuous pastoral progress. Today, the seminary is a continuing sign of a vibrant missionary animation and awareness in the Philippines where the formation of young missionaries for missio ad gentes is realized. It is for this missionary vision that the Lorenzo Mission Institute was born.



Our Vision


With the help of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Lorenzo Ruiz, we respond to the call of God the Father to build a Christ-centered home of formation for the missionary priests of the Archdiocese of Manila in the work of sharing the treasures of the Faith to the Chinese communities and abroad.



Our Mission


1. As a Christ-centered home of formation

a. We gather as a community of disciples around the table of the Word and the Eucharist

b. We live in fraternal communion with one another

c. We pursue integral formation.


2. Moved by the Holy Spirit to share the treasures of the faith to the Chinese people:

a. We cultivate love for the Chinese language, history and culture

b. We involve ourselves in the life and activities of the Chinese communities.

c. We promote authentic dialogue and inculturation


3. Inspired by our founder, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D.,Archbishop of Manila (1974-2003) and our present pastor His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D.:

a. We commit ourselves to the life of servant-leadership.

b. We embrace the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience

c. We journey in Faith, Hope and love in solidarity with the people of the Archdiocese of Manila and the whole Church in the Philippines.

The Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society is Pious Union of Clerics in the Archdiocese of Manila of diocesan right.


The Society was established in 1997 in response to the pressing spiritual and pastoral needs of the Filipino-Chinese Apostolate. As the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines assuredly acknowledged the importance of local cultures in the vitality of the mission and life of the local church, correspondingly, appropriate pastoral responses have to be devised to further the call towards the New Evangelization.


“And here on our own land is a vast field of mission related to the Filipino-Chinese Apostolate. Less than 20% of the Chinese in the Philippines have had some effective evangelization. The progress made in evangelizing through the educational and pastoral work of the Filipino-Chinese Apostolate is a great encouragement. We need to intensify this. But we must look beyond our shores and take note of the missionary opportunities opened by the contacts that our Filipino-Chinese brothers and sister have with East Asian Chinese communities, including the People’s Republic of China whose openness to religion remains fluid. We need to provide encouragement, support, and personnel to this important mission.” (PCP II 109)


When Paul VI visited the Philippines in 1975, he challenged the Church in the Philippines to be “a lamp for Asia” in terms of mission and evangelization. After several centuries of Catholicism in the Philippines, it is now time to intensively share the Christian Faith to the neighboring countries in Asia.


In 1981, John Paul II’s visit to the Philippines was remarkable. He specifically told the bishops of the Asia and the Philippines that mission of proclamation has to be intensified in this part of the world where a huge portion of the world’s population is located. He spoke also to the Filipino-Chinese Communities in the Philippines that they have to focus their efforts of evangelization in China. He said that to be a Christian means not to lose one’s Chineseness. In his second visit to the Philippines in 1995, on the occasion of the World Youth Day, he specifically challenged the Youth to give their best to bring Christ to Asia where many yearn to listen and to know Him.



Our Mission


1. As a Christ-centered home of formation

a. We gather as a community of disciples around the table of the Word and the Eucharist

b. We live in fraternal communion with one another

c. We pursue integral formation.


2. Moved by the Holy Spirit to share the treasures of the faith to the Chinese people:

a. We cultivate love for the Chinese language, history and culture

b. We involve ourselves in the life and activities of the Chinese communities.

c. We promote authentic dialogue and inculturation


3. Inspired by our founder, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D.,Archbishop of Manila (1974-2003) and our present pastor His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D.:

a. We commit ourselves to the life of servant-leadership.

b. We embrace the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience

c. We journey in Faith, Hope and love in solidarity with the people of the Archdiocese of Manila and the whole Church in the Philippines.



Our Mission


1. As a Christ-centered home of formation

a. We gather as a community of disciples around the table of the Word and the Eucharist

b. We live in fraternal communion with one another

c. We pursue integral formation.


2. Moved by the Holy Spirit to share the treasures of the faith to the Chinese people:

a. We cultivate love for the Chinese language, history and culture

b. We involve ourselves in the life and activities of the Chinese communities.

c. We promote authentic dialogue and inculturation


3. Inspired by our founder, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D.,Archbishop of Manila (1974-2003) and our present pastor His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D.:

a. We commit ourselves to the life of servant-leadership.

b. We embrace the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience

c. We journey in Faith, Hope and love in solidarity with the people of the Archdiocese of Manila and the whole Church in the Philippines.

The Lorenzo Mission Institute is the home of missionary formation of the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society