Mission Society of the Philippines


In Memoriam, Rev. Fr. Robert B. Sablon, MSP 1979-2022

Rev. Fr. Robert Beduyas Sablon, MSP, Fr. Nonoy (43) 1979-2022

Youngest child of Antonio Cuello Sablon (+) and Efipania Adorable Beduyas.


Fr. Nonoy was the youngest of nine siblings. He had 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Fr. Nonoy liked to describe himself as a typical “barrio” boy, he learned to work hard in the family farm at a young age, he knew how to make sacrifices for the family in order to survive. He helped his father who was a farmer and a tenant of a hectare of rice field. It was the source of the family income.

His family values education: he and all of his siblings graduated with a college degree. At seven years old, he started to get involved in church activities in Badiangan, Ilo-ilo. He was as an altar boy. He was greatly influenced by his parents who were daily church goers.

Fr. Nonoy was a hardworking person, who can work under pressure and overtime. In all that he did he sees to it that he gave his all, his very best because he believed that the product of one’s action will tell people of the kind of person he was.

He was also a very passionate person especially to the poor because once he had experienced poverty as a child. He loved to make friends, be with them, and to be in their company.

When he was in the seminary, he saw a lot of opportunities for growth as a person of Christ, to be mature in his Christian faith, and to grow in selfless service to the poor and the abandoned people in society. This ultimate dream was realized in his life as a missionary priest. Something that he firmly believed in even as a young seminarian, he was called to this kind of ministry.

A month prior to his death, June 19, 2022, he wrote, “To be a priest, the most touching experience is always when I give Jesus to people I serve – Only Jesus!”

He was preparing for his new mission assignment to be the head of the activities for the youth under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference youth commission for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He could have started on August 24, 2022. Many people are shocked and saddened by his sudden demise.

Fr. Nonoy, Salamat Gid, may you be welcomed by the Good Lord Jesus in his kingdom. Rest in peace our dear brother. Please pray for the Mission Society of the Philippines.


Educational background

Badiangan Central Elementary School 1986, Pre-school

Badiangan Central School 1991-1992

Badiangan National High School 1995-1996

Collegio de San Jose, Bachelor in Secondary Education 2000, Major in Mathematics,

Passed PRC Professional License Examination for Teachers, August 2000, Professional Teacher, Jaro, Ilo-Ilo City

AB Philosophy, Christ the King Mission Seminary 2003

AB Theology, Divine Word School of Theology 2008

Bachelor of Arts in Theology Major in Mission Studies, Cum Laude

Four Year Ecclesiastical Course Tagaytay City 2012


Seminary Formation

Pre-Postulancy        Daniel Comboni Seminary, Quezon City           April - June 2001

Postulancy              Daniel Comboni Seminary, Quezon City           June 2001 - March 2003

Pre-Novitiate           Daniel Comboni Seminary, Quezon City           April-August 2003

                              (Worked as a gasoline boy at Shell Kalayaan, Cubao, Quezon City)

Novitiate                 Daniel Comboni Novitiate House, Laguna         Sept 2003 - March 2004

Missionary Spirituality Formation Year, MSP Seminary Cebu                     June 2005 – April 2006

AB Theology and 4 Year Ecclesiastical Course at Divine Word School of Theology



Missionary Work Experiences

August 2006 – March 2007         

Religious Volunteer/ Community Organizer, St. Anthony of Padua Chapel, Caingin, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna


April 2007 – May 2007                

Religious Volunteer/ Catechist, Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Shrine, Monterey Hills, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal


August 2007 – March 2009         

Religious Volunteer/ Youth Ministry Worker, Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish, Hulo, Mandaluyong City


July 2008 – August 2009            

Changhua, Taichung Taiwan Overseas Training Program: Apostolate with the Filipino Migrants

Sept 2009 – March 2010   

Filipino Migrants Apostolate, Tainan City, Tainan City Taiwan


October 2012 - April 2013 

Assistant to the MSP Mission, Vocation and Promotion

May 2013 – May 2014      

Parochial Vicar Blessed Sacrament Parish Cebu

May 2014 – March 2017   

Diocesan Chaplain, Diocesan Migrant’s Desk, Holy Family Catholic Church, Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan

March 2017 – December 2018    

Resident Priest and House Animator MSP Central House, Palanan, Makati.

January 2019 – Present    

Parish Priest, St. Joseph Kabaira Parish, Archdiocese of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea


Ordained to the Diaconate by Most Reverend Guillermo F. Afable, DD, Bishop of Digos, September 8, 2012, Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, MSP Seminary Tagaytay


Ordained to the Priesthood by Most Reverend Angel Lagdameo, DD, Archbishop of Jaro, April 13, 2013, St. John the Baptist, Parish Badiangan, Ilo-ilo. 

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