The Logo symbolizes Mission. The hands holding the cross symbolize the unity of missionaries for the mission. The Cross symbolizes Christ as the cause for mission. The darkened U-shape symbolizes the keel of the boat which is the centerboard of the boat for aligning and balancing in the water. Boat symbolizes the Church carrying the mission of Christ.
The Lorenzo Mission Institute is the Home of Missionary and Priestly Formation of the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society. It can accommodate 46 seminarians with their individual rooms. It is located inside San Carlos Seminary in EDSA, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City, Philippines. Although seminary formation began in 1987, the building was completed in the year 1989 with the initiative and support of the Founder, Jaime Cardinal L. Sin. D.D., the former Archbishop of Manila. At the facade, we find a mural of Jesus calling His disciples and priests today for the mission.
The Chapel is made up of Chinese motif from the ceiling with its Chinese lanterns and down to its Chinese decorated marble floor. It has no pews but stools with kneelers. At the heart of the sanctuary we find Christ the Priest with the Cross behind Him. At the left, is the statue of Mary, Mother of China while on the right is the Tabernacle of Chinese layout. The entire Chapel is a picture of an inculturated faith and mission.
The entrance to the seminary is composed of three layers of doors. The first door leads one to the living room, the office and the reception area. It represents the friends, benefactors, and acquaintances of the seminary. The second door is the moon door which is symbolic of the Chinese culture. The moon represents brightness, gentleness, peace and yearnings of the heart. The moon door leads to the dormitories, the priests’ lounge, the library, refectory, classrooms, and places for sharing, reflecting, dialogue and interaction. The door symbolizes the entrance of those who live inside the seminary. The final door leads one to the innermost part of the seminary which is the chapel. It is the place of worship, prayer, meditation and building relationship with the Lord. The innermost door leads one to intimacy with the Lord.
Next to the Chapel on the left is the Refectory. It is spacious with Chinese style round tables which could accommodate around 70 people. At rear part of the refectory is painting by Barbosa on the Last Supper. Meals are occasions for interaction and sharing. Seminarians and priests eat together their meals in communion with each other.
Close to the Refectory is the library which is conducive for study and research. The Lorenzo Mission Institute offers courses in Pre-College like Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3, Introduction to Philosophy, English Grammar and Composition, Spirituality, Mandarin Chinese. Among Theology subjects, Missiology courses are offered like Missionary Spirituality, Missionary Anthropology, Inculturation, Developments in Mission and Biblical Foundation of Mission. The library sustains the atmosphere of study and academic concentration.
The reception area of LMI is a cozy and favorable place for receiving visitors and friends. At LMI everybody who comes will surely feel at home and joyfully experience missionary spirit of welcome peace.
The Lorenzo Mission Institute has a wide and conducive place for indoor recreation. Underneath the function rooms at the ground level, we have a wide spacious room for physical exercise, indoor games, community and social night programs, parties and other group interactions.
Adjacent to the wide recreation hall is the Heritage Hall. It is an inner function hall which is usually used for exhibits, important programs and social interactions and formation. It has Chinese style ceiling and lights which makes one feel at home with the Chinese ornaments and the Chinese culture.
At the heart of the dormitory at the second level of the seminary is the oratory. It is a conducive place for prayer, small group masses, and other paraliturgical activities. It is a cozy place for meditation, rosary and the liturgy of the hours.
The dormitory is a sacred place in the seminary. It is the place where one rests, prays, reflects, and studies. It is a place of silence and recollection. Each seminarian is provided a private room for the whole duration of his formation. LMI can accommodate 46 seminarians.
The Lorenzo Mission Institute has a wide and majestic corridors. It leads one to all functions in the seminary like the chapel, refectory, library, computer room, classroom, office, reception area, and the priests’ lounge.
The Lorenzo Mission Institute has classrooms and study halls conducive for learning and other academic activities. It is here that seminarians learn philosophy, theology and the languages such as Latin, Chinese, and English.
The Lorenzo Mission Institute advocates the preservation of the environment and the stewardship of creation. Part of priestly formation is the love of creation. At the back portion of the seminary are the gardens for plants to make everyone close to creation and the environment.