FATHER JUN (NESTOR) M. ABOG, JR., CRM
The son of Nestor and Perla Abog, Father Jun was born on April 13, 1967 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. After high school in Calapan, he attended De La Salle University in Manila, graduating in 1986 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in French—a language which he continued to master with further study at the Institut Francaise de Bonn, Germany (1993-94) and at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise, New York (2000).
He came to the St. Michael Seminary in Ramsey, New Jersey, in August 1996, and enrolled for his theological studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, New Jersey. He made his Novitiate in 1997-98; Solemn Profession on July 28, 2001, and was ordained a priest by Most Reverend Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson, on December 8, 2001 in St. Joseph’s Church, Lodi, New Jersey. After his ordination he did post-graduate studies at Fordham University in New York and obtained a PhD. in Religious Education.
When the Order opened a seminary in the Philippines (2002), he was one of the three priests designated to form that community, and collaborated in the formation of the first Philippine vocations (2002-2009).
From 2009-2011, he returned briefly to the United States to serve as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and as Superior of the St. Joseph’s Community in Lodi (2012). Both experiences served to prepare him for the present job of Superior and Master of Novices in the seminary of Vinzons in Camarines Norte, Phillipines. Here, he prepares young vocation recruits to be priests of the Church and members of the Adorno Family to bring the charism of the Order into the 21st century.