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Fr. Joey, OSJ bids us "Adieu!"

On March 12 at around 8 o’clock in the evening, the confreres noticed that Fr. Joey was not present in the meal. They checked on him and he was found lifeless in his room, peacefully lying on his bed.

Fr. Joey entered as an aspirant at St. Joseph Mission Institute (Minor Seminary) in San Jose, Batangas in 1969 at the age of 22. He took up his philosophical studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila from 1971 to 1974. Then he spent the novitiate at the OSJ Generalate in Rome in 1974. He made the first profession of the vows on September 30, 1975. He studied theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome from 1975 to 1978. He made the perpetual profession of the vows on October 5, 1978 after which he returned to the Philippines. On December 9, 1978, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in San Jose, Batangas.

After his ordination, Fr. Joey was assigned as assistant parish priest of Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills. In 1980 he was assistant parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish in Ibaan, Batangas. From 1981 to 1984 he was assigned in the College Seminary in Lipa City as vocation director. In 1984, he was rector and prefect in the College Seminary. In 1985, he was the postulant director. From 1986 to 1989, he was appointed as Novice Master. In 1989 to 1991 he was assigned as assistant parish priest of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in San Juan, Batangas. From 1991 to 2000 he was appointed as the priest-administrator of St. Anthony of Padua quasi-Parish in Antipolo City and the rector of the religious community there. In 1994 he was elected as one of the Councilors of the Province. In 1998 he was elected as the Vicar Provincial. From 2000 to 2004, he was appointed as rector and parish priest of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in San Jose, Batangas. From 2004 to 2007, he was the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in San Pedro, Laguna. In March 2007 he willingly rendered his service in Asti, Italy and was assigned as in-charge of the Cappellania di San Giuseppe Marello. Then from 2007 to 2010 he was assigned in Imperia as assistant parish priest and administrator of the parish of Monte Grazie and in-charge of the pastoral center of St. Joseph Parish. In 2010 he returned to the Philippines and was assigned at the College Seminary in Lipa City as postulant director. From 2010 to 2013, he was rector and parish priest of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in San Juan, Batangas. From 2013 to 2016, he was rector and parish priest of the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Parish in Iloilo City. From 2016 to 2018, he was the parish priest of San Jose Parish in Dinalupihan, Bataan. From 2018 to 2019, he was a resident priest at OSJ House of the Junior Professed in Amadeo, Cavite. In 2019, he was appointed as confessor of the seminarians of the OSJ College Seminary in Lipa City.

Known for his strong character, Fr. Joey is a man of hard work and prayer. The Province is truly grateful to him for pioneering vocation recruitment in the southern part of the Philippines where he came from. He is a dedicated formator of seminarians. Many who were under him during their formation years fondly remember his passion in sports. He is truly revered as “living legend” among his Filipino confreres.