Father Jerry Orbos was born in Bani, Pangasinan, on October 01, 1953. He is very devoted to his parents, whom he upholds in highest esteem.

He entered the Christ the King Mission Seminary and belonged to HS Batch ’70. He was ordained an SVD priest at the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay in 1980.

His priestly life started as a missionary to the Tingguian Missions in La Paz, Abra, at the Our Lady of Peace Parish for two years.

He was transferred to Urdaneta, Pangasinan, at the Divine Word College as Director of the Junior College, Seminary and Associate Program.

In 1984, he was sent to Korea as a missionary.

Back to the Philippines in 1989, he was assigned as the Vocation Director and Mission Promoter. The following year, his mission promotion work became his full time work.

From 1990 till 2013, a period of 23 years, he was the Director of the SVD Mission Office.

As mission director, his primary task was to promote mission awareness and to generate funds for the missionaries. His natural gifts as an inspirational speaker and writer led him to become a much sought after retreat master, and author of many books. Through these, he was able to create so much interest in the missions.

The big challenge for him was to raise funds for the missionaries. There are over a hundred Filipino SVD missionaries abroad whose financial needs for travel to and from their mission assignments and their material needs had to be subsidized. He had to tap mission friends for this task. He was a very busy missionary here so that the missionaries abroad could be supported.

Fr. Jerry turned senior citizen three years ago. Age however, has not deterred him from continuing with his mission to promote spirituality. He is now stationed in San Jose, Batangas, and very involved in the work of establishing a spirituality center in Tagaytay.

When he was a little boy, his father told him of his dream for him to write a book someday. He wanted him to compile stories, anecdotes, and write his thoughts, reflections, and personal experiences that can be a source of inspiration as we journey through life. His father even had in mind a beautiful title for the book – “Gems Along the Way.”

The book, “Journey Moments,” is somehow a realization of his Papa’s dream. As we journey on, we choose, pick up, and bring along precious gems along the way – lessons, realizations, memories, and resolutions that make our journey pleasant, bearable, and meaningful.
He thanks his Papa for many precious gems he has left behind, and for giving him the eye and the heart to recognize gems in the ordinary moments of life.

Happy Moments is a collection of heart warming reflections, stories, jokes and experiences of Father Jerry Orbos SVD and of people who have touched his life and shared their simple moments with him.

Father Jerry Orbos SVD turned 60 years old last October 1, 2013. In celebration of his senior citizenship, he came up with this book, “Memorable Senior Moments,” to appreciate people who have braved the noonday sun, and are now journeying towards the sunset years of their lives.

This book is a collection of funny anecdotes, touching and meaningful stories, and reflections about growing old. Let us delight in the humor that the elderly bring to us, treasure the values and lessons they teach us, and be truly edified and inspired by their lives.

“Lord, grant me the grace to live the rest of my life, the best of my life!” This is our prayer. This is our hope. Yes, the best is yet to come!