The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Philippines has named Father Gerry delos Reyes, a missionary assigned in Thailand for years, as its new provincial superior in the country.
“Father superior general has received the consent of his councilors to appoint Father Gerry delos Reyes, OMI, as provincial of the Philippine Province for the next three years,” read a statement from the congregation.
Father Delos Reyes was born in Cotabato City on August 14, 1964.
He entered the Oblates Juniorate Seminary in 1983 and joined the Tamontaka Novitiate in Datu Odin Sinsuat in 1985 and the Our Lady of Assumption Scholasticate on May 21, 1986.
He professed his perpetual vows on Sept. 14, 1989, at the Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan City and was ordained priest on April 1983.
He finished his philosophy studies at Notre Dame University in Cotabato City in 1988 and theology at the Loyola School of Theology in 1993.
After ordination, Father Delos Reyes was assigned parish priest in Timanan, South Upi, where he served the indigenous Teduray tribe.
He was parochial vicar at the Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan and then became a member of the Thailand delegation in 1999.
He eventually became the Thai-Laos delegation superior.
Father Delos Reyes will replace Bishop Charlie Inzon who was appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic vicar of Jolo in April.