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EAPI RESIDENTIAL STAFF MEMBERS
FR. ARTHUR LEGER, SJ
Fr Arthur Leger, is from the Pacific Islands, a citizen of Fiji, and joined the Jesuits in Micronesia in 1994. He has a long career as an educator, both before joining the Society and afterwards. He completed a doctorate in Leadership Studies, with his thesis on the pastoral approach of Church leaders in the Pacific. Fr Leger is especially alert to questions of culture, cultural differences, and the way these realities affect spirituality and religious practices.
MS. FRANCES SMITH
Frances Smith is from the Pacific Islands and a citizen of New Zealand. Frances is a mother and grandmother and quote: "Attended the University of Life for many decades". Prior to joining EAPI she worked in the area of finance for the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand.
FR. VENANCIO DA COSTA PEREIRA, SJ
Fr. Venancio da Costa Pereira is a Jesuit from East Timor. He joined the Society of Jesus in Indonesia in 1991 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. Prior to joining EAPI, he worked for the Dili Diocese in three ministries, namely: Director of Radio Communications (for Re-evangelization), teaching at Major Seminary and St Joseph High School. Since joining EAPI, he is involved in various roles such as EAPI community Minister, spiritual direction & accompaniment and assisting the Residential Programs & Life Team, as well as community projects. Being professional, pastoral and prophetic in priestly life is his personal mantra!
MR. PAUL Y. SIM, JR.
Jody Sim assists the Director in the area of general administration including planning and maintenance of the grounds, housekeeping, and human resources, among others. Prior to joining EAPI in August of 2007, he was Executive Director of a marketing company. He was also the Personnel Director of the Ateneo, the First Vice President of a local bank, and the Vice President of a Pharmaceutical Company.
FR. FELIPE GOMEZ, SJ
Felipe Gómez is a Jesuit, member of the Chinese Province. Ordained priest in Saigon (1966), he obtained a doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University and taught in Dalat (Vietnam). In 1976, he came to the EAPI as professor and director of the East Asian Pastoral Review. After seven year in Paris, he is back as Librarian, and member of the team in charge of the Master Program. He also keeps this Web Page.
FR. JOJO FUNG, SJ
Fr. Jojo Fung is a Jesuit priest from Sabah who is involved in three diocesan ministries in the Melaka-Johore Diocese, namely, the Campus Ministry; the Orang Asli Ministry and the Ministry of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue. He is trained in anthropology and contextual theology and is currently engaged in a post-doctoral research on indigenous shamanism.
MS. GEMMA YECLA
Gemma R. Yecla is a Filipina who graduated with Bachelor of Arts major in International Studies from Maryknoll College in 1985. She finished her Professional Diploma Course in Family Counseling from the Center of Family Ministries in 1993 and later her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Loyola School of Theology in 2003. Gem is a teacher by profession but she also does counseling work with various groups of people including the families of alcoholics and drug dependents.
SR. AMELIA VASQUEZ,RSCJ
Sr. Amelia Vasquez, RSCJ is District Superior of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in the Philippines. She studied history of Christianity and history of Religions at Manhattanville College, Columbia University, Harvard Divinity Schools and Weston Schools of Theology. She was director and dean of Sister Formation Institute, academic dean of Maryhill School of Theology, and chairperson of the Asian Service Center for Religious Women-Asian Meeting of Religious (AMOR).
LUC MEES, MJ EAPR
Luc Mees, a Belgian, was for over 40 years a member of the Scheut Missionaries (CICM). After his ordination, he studied Theology at the Facultés Catholiques de Lyon (France) and Missiology at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He served for 22 years in Guatemala as a missionary among the Q’eqchi-Maya Indians, CICM Provincial Superior, formator, and professor of Phenomenology of Religion at the Universidad Rafael Landivar and the Instituto Centroamericano de Ciencias Religiosas (La Salle) in Guatemala City.
FR. FERNANDO MACALINAO, SJ
Fr. Fernando L. Macalinao, Jr., S.J., is currently teaching and directing theses at EAPI. He finished his licentiate and doctoral studies at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome (1985-87, 1990-94, respectively) magna cum laude. He taught various courses in Theology at Xavier University and at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary (1987-90, 1994-1998), both in Cagayan de Oro City, and at Loyola School of Theology (1998-99) in Quezon City; after which he was assigned to help JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) in East Timor for 7 months.
MR. RONALD M. YAGO
Ronald M. Yago is currently a member of the Promotions, Planning and Projects Team. Born in Iriga City (Philippines), in 1965, he entered the Jesuit Order in 1987 and stayed for the next eight years. He left the Society in 1995, and for the next 4 years, taught English in Xiamen, China. Back to the Philippines in 1999, he worked as a trainor in a company in Makati. He has been with EAPI since June 11, 2001.
MS. JOSEPHINE C. NOLASCO
Josephine Chua Nolasco, a Chinese-Filipino, obtained her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from De La Salle University. She also has a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre in Munich, Germany. Before coming to EAPI, she taught in the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas.