Mission Society of the Philippines


In Memoriam, Rev. Fr. Roberto Ruben Cavite Elago, MSP 1948-2023

Fr. Ruben Elago, was on his scheduled vacation in the Philippines when he was found lifeless in his bedroom. He had plans of visiting his hometown in Lagonglong and Cagayan de Oro, Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia, flying back to his mission assignment with the Filipino Chaplaincy in Montreal, Canada. Fr. Ruben recently turned 75, and was planning to celebrate his 75th birthday with celebrations together family and friends. His death is mourned by many people all over the world, especially, those whose lives he touched by his genuine faith, shepherding gifts of accompaniment, compassion, and love, but most of all his friendliness and generosity. He will be surely missed. His famous joyful and sunny disposition will be missed. Fr. Ruben, rest in the Lord. Please pray for us.


Please pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Ruben Elago, MSP. He will be buried on February 11, 2023, 9.00 am, Saturday at the Oro Gardens, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.

Thank you! 




Roberto Ruben Cavite Elago

January 24, 1948

Born in Bontoc, Hindang, Leyte

Rufino Elago

Julita Cavite

5th of the 7 children.


17 December 1974 ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood, at the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.


Baptized January 25, 1948 at the St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Hindang Leyte by Rev. Fr. Pedro Aruta


Academic years

Grade School: Dampil Elementary School, Misamis Oriental                         1955-1959

Dampil, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental


Elementary: Lagonglong Central School                                                        1959-1961


High School: St. John the Baptist High School                                               1961-1965

College: Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City                                            1965-1970

Philosophy/ English

San Jose de Mindanao Seminary


St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Davao City                                              1970-1972

Theology 1 & 2, Joined the Mission Society of the Philippines                     1972

Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City                                                            1973-1975

Theology 3 & 4

Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome                                                  1981-1983

(Magna Cum Laude)


Ministries & Assignments

Parish Priest                                                                                                    1975-1977

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Reclamation Area, Cebu City



MSP College Seminarians

Reclamation Area, Cebu City


Parish Priest and Diocesan Youth Coordinator                                              1977-1981

St. John the Evangelist Parish

Diocese of Tanjungkarang

Tanjungkarang, Lampung

Sumatran Selatan



License Degree: Spirituality                                                                           1981-1984


Seminary Rector                                                                                             1984-1991

Fil-Mission Seminary

Tagaytay City


Father Moderator                                                                                          1988-1991

Mission Society of the Philippines


Doctoral Studies                                                                                             1991-1994

Spirituality and Formation

Gregorian University

Rome, Italy

(Thesis: Unfinished)


Father Moderator, re-elected                                                                        1994-1999

Mission Society of the Philippines


Parish Priest Ellerslie Parish, Balmoral Parish                                                199-2012

Filipino Chaplain, Auckland New Zealand

Spiritual Director of Holy Cross Seminary Auckland

Professor at Good Shepherd Theological Seminary

Auckland, New Zealand


Parish Priest and Filipino Chaplain                                                                 2012-2019

Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill

Diocese of Parramatta, Australia      


Seminary Rector                                                                                             2019-2021

Mission Society of the Philippines Seminary

Tagaytay City


Filipino Chaplain                                                                                             2021-2023

Filipino Catholic Mission of Montreal

Montreal, Canada

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