We remember our Filipino confreres who have gone ahead of us.

Br. Lino Luminate, OSJ

He was born in Jaland, Iloilo on October 10, 1935.

Though at first he wished to be a priest, he asked to be an OSJ brother. He entered the Congregation after finishing high school. In 1960, he was sent to Italy for his Novitiate in Armeno. In 1961, he made his first religious profession and returned to the country.

He took up different tasks in the community of San Jose, Batangas. He was the economo of the seminary, taught catechism in public schools, took care of the church and the liturgical services in the Parish. He was also an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He was also in-charge of the formation of a group of Brother aspirants. He even managed an agricultural farm near the OSJ school in Padre Garcia.

On August 12, he died suddenly at a very young age of 40, beloved by all.

Rev. Fr. Leo Pernecia, OSJ

He was born in Zarraga, Iloilo on June 16, 1947.

He attended the Minor Seminary in San Jose, Batangas. He went to Italy for his novitiate and theological studies.

After he received his Diaconate, he returned to the Philippines and in 1976 he was ordained in his native town.

He was immediately put in-charge of vocation guidance and formation in the Minor Seminary, San Jose, Batangas. Part of his responsibility as a formator was to drive the seminarians for classes at the Diocesan Seminary in Lipa.

On August 25, 1978, as he was re-entering from Lipa on his motorcycle and was about to turn down the street leading to San Jose, he was knocked down by a heavy six-by-six truck going in the opposite direction. He died on the spot. He was 31 years old, five years as a religious and barely two years as a priest.

Rev. Fr. Felix Celeste, OSJ

He was born in Calinog, Iloilo on August 22, 1957.

He made his first religious profession on May 30, 1980 at St. Anthony de Padua Church, Antipolo. He professed the vows perpetually at the OSJ Formation Center (now OSJ College Seminary), Marawoy, Lipa City on May 29, 1983. He was ordained priest in his hometown of Calinog on July 16, 1984. He left for Italy for a two-year specialization course in Theology. In 1986 he returned to the country and was put in charge of formation. In 1987 he was assigned as spiritual director of the seminarians of the seminarians both in Lipa and in San Jose. He was appointed as Rector and Prefect of the OSJ Minor Seminary (1988). Then in 1989 he was briefly assigned as Economo in Victoria Homes, Muntinlupa. Then in 1990 he became the Parish Priest of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Padre Garcia, Batangas. He was also appointed as first counselor and Provincial Vicar in 1992. However during this period also that symptoms of a terrible disease started to show in him. This sickness brought him to his death on January 26, 1993, living 13 years as a religious and nine years as a priest.

Rev. Fr. Lucio Aguilar, OSJ

He was born in Atimonan, Quezon on February 11, 1909.

He entered the Congregation in August of 1940. He was under the tutelage of the late Fr. Antonio Fanchini, OSJ in Rosario, Batangas. He was then sent to Italy for his formation. He made his first profession of vows on September 30, 1935. Exactly four years after, he professed the vows perpetually. On June 30, 1940 he was ordained priest. He still needed to finish his theology until 1941. He stayed for five more years in Italy serving in the religious house of Alba, Santa Chiara and Canelli.

At the end of June 1946, he returned to the country. He was first assigned as assistant pastor in San Jose Batangas as well as given responsibility in the seminary. In 1961 he was appointed as Parish Priest of Padre Garcia, but he was named Delegate of the Philippine OSJ Mission in 1962. When his term ended, he was pastor of San Jose and, for some time, also Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese. Abandoning his direct parochial responsibilities, he continued to help in the parish and in hearing the confessions of the seminarians.

After being hospitalized a few weeks for heart problems, he died peacefully on August 18, 1993.

Rev. Fr. Sancho Sison, OSJ

He was born in Rosario, Batangas on June 5, 1948.

He entered the Congregation as a minor seminarian in San Jose, Batangas. In 1970 he was sent to Rome for his novitiate. He made his first religious profession in Castelnuovo Calcea, Asti on September 30, 1971. Then he returned to the country for his theological studies. He professed the vows perpetually in 1974 at St. Joseph Church, San Jose, Batangas. On March 15, 1976 he was ordained priest in Rosario Parish Church. His first priestly duty was as associate pastor of Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills and at the same time as prefect of the seminarians. In 1979, he was appointed as master of novices in Antipolo. Later, he was named parish priest of San Juan, Batangas. In 1982, he was elected second delegate councilor and was in charge of the OSJ schools. For two years (1984-1986 he went to Pittston, United States of America for reasons of studies and while there was appointed as associate pastor of St. Rock. In 1986, he was named Delegate of the OSJ in the Philippines. During the Twelfth General Chapter in 1987, the Philippine delegation was recognized as a Province. Consequently, he became the first provincial superior. He was confirmed for a second term in 1989. After three years as provincial superior, he was elected as vicar provincial and was named as the first pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Elvinda Village until 1995. Then he returned to Pittston for three years. In 1998, he was again nominated as provincial superior. After his term, he became a resident priest at the OSJ Theologate, South City Homes, Biñan, Laguna.

On October 22, 2001, he was forced to make his morning jogging inside the seminary hall due to a heavy rainfall. While taking a rest, he suffered a brain aneurysm that led to a cerebral hemorrhage causing his death. He was only 53 years old, living 30 years as a religious and 25 years as a priest.

Rev. Fr. Deodoro Dawis, OSJ

He was born on July 6, 1957 in Taal, Batangas.

He entered the Congregation in 1969. He made his first religious profession of vows in 1979. He professed the vows perpetually on May 29, 1983. He was ordained priest on July 6, 1984. He was assigned as Prefect of Discipline at the OSJ Minor Seminary. In 1986, he was named as its rector. From 1989 to 1993, he was appointed as pastor of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish, San Jose, Batangas. In 1993, he was assigned as pastor of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, South City Homes, Biñan, Laguna. He was elected as Third Provincial Councilor in 1995 and was appointed as director in-charge of the promotion of the devotion to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello. Then he was appointed as parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish, Ibaan, Batangas. In 2001, he was appointed as parish priest of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Padre Garcia, Batangas. Three years after (2004), he was named as rector and pastor of Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish, Rosario, Batangas. He was appointed rector of the junior professed brothers who had just transferred to Tagaytay City. In 2009, he was appointed as parochial vicar of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, San Juan, Batangas. A year after (2010) he was transferred to St. Anthony de Padua Parish, Antipolo City where he remained until his death. He passed away from a lingering heart condition on March 10, 2013, living 34 years as a religious and 29 years as a priest.

Rev. Fr. Adriano Sobremisana, OSJ

Fr. Ading, or to many, "Lolo Ading", was born on September 8, 1932 to Hermogenes Sobremisana and Socoro Sortido. He hailed from Baclayan, New Lucena, Iloilo.

Though his father wanted him to be a soldier. But because of his stature in height, his father realized that God had another plan for his son--for indeed he became a soldier of Christ. After finishing his third year in high school in, he entered the in seminary of Oblates of St. Joseph, San Jose, Batangas. In 1960, he finished his philosophical studies at the San Jose Seminary which is under the administration of the Society of Jesus, he entered the Novitiate in Armeno, Novara, Italy. A year after he made his first profession of vows. He professed the vows perpetually on October 4, 1964. He completed his theological formation and was finally ordained on March 19, 1965.

He returned to the Philippines in 1965 and was assigned as assistant parish priest of San Jose Church and as a confessor at the Seminary, both in San Jose, Batangas. The following year he was assigned as parish priest of Sto. Rosario Parish, Padre Garcia, Batangas. After eight years he was installed as parish priest of Holy Family Parish, Alupay, Rosario, Batangas. In 1984, he became the pastor of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, San Juan, Batangas. After 13 years, he was appointed as Rector of the OSJ Theologate in Biñan, Laguna. He became the spiritual director and confessor of OSJ Minor Seminary and OSJ College Seminary.

In 2016, his health began to detoriate. He stayed first with Oblate Sisters of St. Joseph in Padre Garcia, Batangas. Then he was transferred to Casa Marello on June 2016. Here he spent his last days of his life.

Fr. Ading returned to his Creator on January 13, 2017, at 9:30 in the evening. His death truly brought forth a great sorrow in the hearts of his confreres and as well as the multitude he had served throughout the almost-fifty-two years as a priest.

Among the possesions he left was a ledger recording the number of Masses he celebrated spanning the 51 years of his priestly ministry--a total of 51,051. It was a feat proving his dedication and availability. He would be forever remembered for his jovial outlook in life, especially his favorite words, "OSJ forever!". In one interview he was asked what his secret in persevering as a religious and as a priest, he sheepishly replied, "My joy in being an Oblate of St. Joseph!