Fr Rene Ramirez RCJ
Fr. Rene Ramirez was born on 28th March 1969 in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, 100 km north of Manila, Philippines. He comes highly qualified to the Holy Family Parish (HFP). Fr. Rene Joined the Rogationist order in May 1985 and after 13 years of studies, was ordained as a priest in 1998. He then served as Administrator, Treasurer and Vice Rector at the Rogationist College in Cavite City, Philippines. During this time, he also finished his Masters in Educational Management. In July 2003, he moved to Rome and completed Licentiate studies in Spirituality and Social Communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Fr. Rene also brings a wealth of experience to HFP. Upon his return to the Philippines in 2006, he was appointed Director of Social Communications and Spiritual Director to their college-seminarians. From 2009 to 2015, he also served as Superior of St. Hannibal Rogate Centre, which included the Communications Office, the Provincial House and House for Rogationist seminarians.
Fr. Rene enjoys cooking, his specialty is Italian cuisine and pastry making. He loves classical and pop music. He also enjoys playing the piano and gardening.
Fr Gerald Binegas RCJ
Fr. Gerald Binegas was born on 20th January 1979 in Abra (428 km north of Manila), Philippines. He joined the Rogationist order on 14th May 1995 and was ordained in 2009 after 14 years of study. He then was assigned to work as Vice Rector and Treasurer of St. Anthony’s Boys Village in Davao City (1476 km south of Manila), Philippines. The Boys’ Village cares for destitute, abandoned and orphaned boys. He then went to Papua New Guinea in 2013 continuing his missionary work for a year. Upon his return to the Philippines, he worked as a Vocation Promoter in his Congregation.
Fr. Gerald enjoys playing basketball and trying out new sports. He is also interested in becoming a keen bushwalker. He is a dog lover and tries not to spoil his dog Trigga (American bulldog) too much. His hobbies include photography and guitar playing. He loves to cook especially Filipino dishes and describes his style of cooking as ‘creative’.
Fr. Rene and Fr. Gerald both came to Australia in 2015 and are the first Rogationists to be assigned in Australia. Their friendly and warm engaging manner coupled by their passion and enthusiasm for their work in the Parish have made them welcome additions to our multi-cultural parish community.
They hope that this new phase in their lives as priests may become an effective avenue in sharing the charism of their Congregation to the people of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.