Fr. Alfredo Rivas Piad, OSJ
(August 24, 1936 - October 2, 2020)

Born in Zarraga, Iloilo, Philippines
on August 24, 1936
57 years in the religious life
53 years in the priesthood

Fr. Fred or Lolo P entered the St. Joseph Mission Institute (Minor Seminary) in San Jose in 1955. Then he took up his philosophical studies at the Jesuits’ San Jose Seminary in Quezon City from 1958 to 1962. He entered the novitiate in Armeno, Novara, Italy in 1962. He had his first religious profession on September 30, 1963. He took up theology at the OSJ Studentato Internazionale in Rome, Italy from 1963 to 1967. He had his perpetual profession of the vows on October 2, 1966. He was ordained priest on March 18, 1967.

He returned to the Philippines after his ordination and was assigned as assistant parish priest of Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills and prefect of discipline of the college seminarians from 1967 to 1968. Then he was assigned as assistant parish priest of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rosario from 1968 to 1970. He became the parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Cuenca from 1970 to 1974.

Fr. Fred (far left) with Fr. Severino Dalmaso, OSJ and Fr. Ray Dela Cruz, OSJ

He was appointed as Superior Delegate from 1974 to 1977, and was reappointed for a second term, from 1977-1979. As Superior Delegate, he participated in the 10th General Chapter of the Congregation in Rome in 1975. He also served as the rector of St. Joseph Mission Institute from 1974 to 1978.

Then he became parish priest of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in San Juan from 1979 to 1981. He became parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish in Ibaan from 1981 to 1989. During this time, he became active in the Cursillo Movement and was appointed as the Episcopal Delegate of the Cursillos of the Archdiocese of Lipa in 1989. He was elected as a delegate to the 11th General Chapter of the Congregation in 1981. He was elected as Vice-Delegate Superior from 1982 to 1986. He then served as rector of the OSJ Formation Center (College Seminary) from 1989 to 1992; rector and prefect of the theology students in Biñan from 1992 to 1993; and parish priest of Christ the King Parish in San Pedro, Laguna from 1993 to 1998.

When the Province opened its mission in Jaro, Iloilo, he was sent there from 1998 to 2001 to form the people in the area into a community and prepare them in the establishment of the future parish. Then he was assigned as assistant parish priest of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish and spiritual director of the OSJ Minor Seminary in San Jose from 2001 to 2002; assistant parish priest of Christ the King Parish in San Pedro from 2002-2003; assistant parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in San Pedro from 2003-2007; and spiritual director and confessor of the College Seminary in Lipa from 2007 and there he retired.

He suffered some inevitable ailments due to aging and was taken care of by the confreres. He weakened gradually and, on October 2, 2020, at eight o’clock in the morning he peacefully returned to the Creator.

Who we are. . .

The Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph is composed of religious priests and brothers who, in faithfulness to the charisms of our Founder, St. Joseph Marello, are called to serve the interests of Jesus like St. Joseph. By virtue of ordination, every Oblate priest is at the service of the ecclesial community and is to live not for himself but for others. Likewise, every Oblate religious brother, equal in dignity with priests by virtue of their religious profession, dedicates himself in a great variety of apostolic and social services. We carry out our apostolate according to the Oblate spirit.