Fr. Pol returns to the Creator
(September 4, 1952 - September 18, 2020)
Born in Zarraga, Iloilo, Philippines
on September 4, 1952
44 years in the religious life
41 years in the priesthood
Rev. Fr. Napoleon G. Jinon, OSJ entered the seminary in San Jose in 1969. He took up philosophy at the University of Sto. Tomas from 1971 to 1974. He entered the novitiate in 1974 at the OSJ Generalate in Rome. He had his first profession of vows on September 30, 1975. He took up theology at the Angelicum in Rome from 1975 to 1978. After finishing his studies, he returned to the Philippines and had his perpetual profession on October 7, 1978. He was ordained priest on December 9, 1978.
He was assigned as prefect of the seminarians of the newly opened OSJ Formation Center (College Seminary) in Lipa City from 1978 to 1982 and was the rector there from 1982 to 1984. He was appointed as Novice Master from 1984 to 1986 at Marello Novitiate House in Muntinlupa City. He became the first parish priest of L’Annunziata Parish in Muntinlupa City from 1985 to 1989. Then he served as rector and parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish in Ibaan from 1989 to 1993. He was appointed as Provincial Superior from 1992 to 1995 and was reappointed for a second term, from 1995 to 1998. As Provincial Superior, he headed the Philippine delegation during the beatification of the Founder in Italy in 1993. He was also one of the capitulars during the 13th General Chapter of the Congregation in 1994. He was in-charge of the Cooperators from 1995 to 1998. After his term as Provincial Superior, he served as rector and parish priest of Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills from 1998 to 2004. He was once again appointed as rector and parish priest of L’Annunziata Parish from 2004 to 2007; parochial vicar and economo of Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills from 2007 to 2010; parochial vicar of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in San Jose from 2010 to 2013; rector and parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish in Ibaan from 2013 to 2016; and resident priest of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in San Jose from 2016.
In 2015 he started undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure and had a kidney transplant in 2018. In 2020 he was admitted several times in the hospital due to his unstable health condition. He peacefully passed away due to cardiac arrest on September 18 at 3:45 in the morning in San Jose, Batangas.
“Fr. Pol is known to everyone as a father truly with a big heart and generous hand. He never fails to consider always the greater concern for the Congregation. His life attests to abandoning everything and giving all for the Congregation and for the growth of the Province. Admirable indeed is how he nurtured fraternal life and celebrated communion with everyone.”