It is “109” because the two institutions find their inspiration and encouragement from the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines no. 109 which states: “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… we need to provide encouragement, support, and personnel to this important mission.” (PCP II, no. 109)
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. 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, missio ad exteros, missio ad vitam, and missio inter gentes remains one of the top agenda of the local church. It is for this missionary vision that the Lorenzo Mission Institute was born.