Rev. Fr. Eduardo G. Tanudtanud, OMI 7th President (2005-Present)
Fr. Eduardo Tanudtanud was born in Paido Pulangi, Pikit, Cotabato on December 17, 1957. In June 1974, he entered the Oblate Juniorate. Fr. Ed earned his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Notre Dame University in 1978. He took Theology Studies in the Gregorian University in Rome in 1984. After his priestly ordination on April 13, 1984, Fr. Ed was assigned in Grace Park Parish, Caloocan City. In 1986, he was assigned as Prefect of the Oblate Juniorate. He was the Chief Exectuive Officer (CEO) of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC), Parist Priest of Parang and Director of the Oblate Development and Planning Services.
At present, He is also the Director of Mindanao Cross. Fr. Ed earned his Masters Degree in Management at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Manila in 2003. The 7th President of Notre Dame University, Fr. Eduardo G. Tanudtanud, OMI, is the second alumnus University President.
Rev. Fr. Ramon Ma. Bernabe, OMI 6th President (2002-2005)
Ramon Ma. Bernabe was born in Manila on January 11, 1964. He entered the Oblate
Juniorate in Cotabato City in June 1981. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Magna
Cum Laude, from Notre Dame University in 1987. He further earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Sacred Theology from Loyola School of Theology and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry
from the Ateneo de Manila University.
He was ordained priest on April 25, 1992. His first Oblate mission was as Parish
Priest of Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao in 1992-1993. He was Spiritual Director and later Director
of De Mazenod Seminary, Notre Dame University.
His next assignments brought him to
Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu as Chaplain and faculty member. He became President
of the College from June 1999 to May 2001.
He took advanced studies in Peace and Conflict Studies at the European University
Center for Studies, Austria from September 2001-May 2002.
He is the 6th President of Notre Dame University with the distinction of being its first
alumnus University President.
Rev. Fr. Eliseo Mercado, OMI 5th President (1992-2002)
Eliseo Mercado, Jr. is the 5th President of Notre Dame University.
He was born on May 29, 1948 in Bulacan. He joined the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate in 1964 and professed his first vows in June 1967. He was
ordained priest on August 25, 1974.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Divinity Degree, Licentiate in
Sacred Theology and Philosophy, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Sacred Theology,
Philosophy and Classics. He also had special studies in Islamic and
Arabic Studies (Rome, Italy), Islamic Research and Surveys (Cairo, Egypt),
and Peace and Development Studies (United States).
An advocate of peace, development and education, he is actively involved with the Foundation for
the Philippine Environment, Mindanao Task Force on Poverty Alleviation, Southern Philippines Council for
Peace and Development Consultative Assembly, Kusog Mindanaw, Mindanao Peace Advocates, Institutes
of Higher Learning-Mindanao, and National Movement for Free Elections-Maguindanao.
Prior to his present involvements, Fr, Mercado served as Parochial Vicar in Tacurong and Midsayap
(1974-1975), Parish Priest in Kabacan (1975-1980) and in Datu Piang (1982-1989), Chairperson of
NAMFREL-Maguindanao (1986 to present), Director of Notre Dame of Greater Manila (1989-1992), and
as former columnist for The Mindanao Cross and Manila Times.
Rev. Fr. Jose O. Ante, OMI (1982 – 1992)
Jose Ante was born on July 13, 1936. He finished his Philosophy at
the San Jose Seminary and proceeded to Rome to obtain his Licentiate in
Sacred Theology. He was ordained priest in 1964. He was Dean of Notre
Dame of Jolo College in 1964. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Education
from the University of Santo Tomas in 1969.
In 1976, he became the first Filipino OMI Provincial, serving until
1981. In 1982, he became the third President of Notre Dame University.
also was President of NDEA (Notre Dame Educational Association) from
1982 to 1988.
His other assignments included being President of the Catholic
Educational Association of the Philippines, Board Member of PAASCU (Philippine
Accrediting Association of Schools,Colleges and Universities), and Board
Member of the Fund for Assistance to Private Schools. He is currently the Parish Priest at Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel Cathedral in Jolo.
Rev. Fr. Jose Arong, OMI (1976 – 1982)
Jose Arong was born on April 4, 1937. He took his first vows in 1959
and was ordained priest on April 4, 1966. He earned both a Doctorate Degree
in International Development Education and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology
from Stanford University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from
Loyola House of Studies.
He became the Vice-President of Notre Dame of Jolo College. In 1976, he was installed as the
third President of Notre Dame University. He was Consultant to the Population Commission and the
Educational Development Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF). He was Consultor for the Oblate Philippine
Province for two terms. In 1982, he took studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California.
He lived in St. Benenedict’s Parish for nine months and served as Vicar for Filipino Affairs in the
Diocese of Oakland. He became Director of Notre Dame of Greater Manila in 1983 and went back to the
United States later that year. He is currently with the OMI Provincial House in Oakland, California.
Rev. Fr. Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI (1970 – 1976)
Orlando Quevedo was born in Ilocos Norte on March 11, 1939. He
entered the Oblate Novitiate Mission in Texas in 1956. He was ordained
priest on June 5, 1964. His first Oblate mission was teaching at Notre Dame
College. At the same time, he was Prefect of Studies and Director of Diocesan
In 1970 to 1971, he became the second President with a distinction of
being the first Filipino President of Notre Dame University. He received a
TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines) award in 1972.
1977, he was assigned as Parish Priest in Jolo and later as Superior of the Manila Scholasticate. He was
appointed Bishop of the Prelature of Kidapawan in 1980 where his mission brought him closer to the GKKs
(Gagmayang Kristohanong Katilingban or the Basic Christian Communities). In 1986, he was installed as
Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. He has been Archbishop of Cotabato since September
1998 and is currently the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Milford, OMI (1969 – 1970)
Joseph Milford was born in Boston. He entered the Oblate Novitiate
in September 1939. He pursued his philosophical and theological studies
at the Oblate College in Washington and was ordained priest on June 3,
1946. He was assigned to the mission in the Philippines from 1946 to 1972.
His missionary work included being Papal Visitator for minor seminaries
in the Philippines, Vicar General to Bishop Mongeau, OMI, Director
and Pastor of Notre Dame Schools in Lagao, Kidapawan, Tacurong and
Jolo. He was also assigned as Pastor and Rector of Grace Park, Caloocan
and Cotabato Cathedral, respectively.
He was appointed as Provincial of
the Oblate Fathers in the Philippines from 1963-1970 and during this seven-year tenure, he founded the
Oblate Hongkong Mission in 1966.
He became the first President of Notre Dame University in 1969. He was at the same time Editor
of Mindanao Cross, a local newspaper published by the Oblates in Cotabato. He returned to the United
States in 1972, where over two decades, he was Parish Priest to several parishes in Florida and Tennessee.
He died in February 1999 while at St. John Fisher Parish in Florida.
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