16 May 2017
To the Xavier Community:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce the conferral of the 2017 Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni on a Xaverian who has devoted his life to the ministry of mercy, especially for the poor, the sick and the elderly – RAMON JOSE L. MORENO, JR. of the Class of 1979.
Ramon graduated from De La Salle University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. His professional career spans both the public and private sectors. His work in government has focused on humanitarian aid and development, onsite rescue and relief operations, resource mobilization for healthcare delivery, and bolstering capacities of existing outposts for basic services.
He began his ministry at a very early age, serving as a volunteer care giver for the Alay sa Puso orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, from 1979 to 1987. He has since worked closely with various Catholic charitable institutions, including continuing support for the Home of Elderly Women of the Little Sisters of the Elderly of St. Teresa Jornet, the orphanage and half-way home for mothers in crisis run by the Grace to be Born Foundation, Inc., the St. Rita Orphanage, the Hospicio de San José and the social service programs of CARITAS Manila.
Most inspiring is his dedicated service to the sick and dying. He has made this his life’s work, going to hospitals to visit patients to pray for and with them. Often accompanied by priests and nuns, he will also endeavor to bring with him relics of saints to provide comfort and hope to the seriously ill. He has served in the boards of the Philippine Red Cross and the Philippine Oncological Society and is founder and chairman of the Morning Glory Family Prayer Ministry. Presently, he is Director for Auxiliary International Affairs of the Philippine Coast Guard, with a rank of Naval Commodore and is the Grand Prior of the Grand Chapter of the Philippines, Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul.
This recognition of his service comes on the heels of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which ended last November 2016. In announcing the special Jubilee, Pope Francis reminds us that “we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time.” May Ramon’s ministry of mercy inspire all Xaverians to a similar life of service, with respect and compassion for all human life.
The award will be conferred in July as part of the school’s official calendar of activities for Ignatian Month, a time for all of us in the Xavier community to renew our commitment to the Jesuit ideals preached by St. Ignatius of Loyola.
We thank the entire community and the selection committee, headed by Fr. Peter Pojol, SJ, for their involvement in this year’s search for exemplary alumni.
Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ, Ph.D. Johnip G. Cua