A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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School President
Associate Professor of Spirituality

Contact Information

Loyola House of Studies
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. (+63 2) 426.6101
Office: (+63 2) 426.6101 local 3400


Apostolic Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality, Vocation and St. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, Discernment and Spiritual Direction

Areas of Interest

Spiritual Theology, Ignatian Spirituality, Theology of Vocation, History of Christian Spirituality


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City
Master of Arts in Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City
Licentiate in Spirituality, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Doctorate in Spirituality, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome


Fr. Joe studied A.B. Sociology at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Cagayan de Oro City before joining the Society of Jesus. He completed formation in philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University), Bachelor in Sacred Theology and Master of Arts in Theology (Loyola School of Theology) before his ordination to the priesthood in 1993. After his assignment as vocation and pre-novitiate director of the Jesuit Philippine Province, he was sent to Rome, where he completed the Licentiate and Doctorate in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. While doing his studies, he also worked as regional secretary for Asia-Pacific at the Jesuit General Curia in Rome. For his dissertation, he wrote about the grace of vocation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Anton Witwer, S.J. as mentor. He is currently the Rector of Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University.

Research and Publications

Amorem Tui Solum Cum Gratia TuaThe Grace of Vocation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: A Theological Exploration of its Dynamics as Conversion, Commitment and Communion. Rome: Pontifical Gregorian University, 2012.

You Follow Me: A Manual for Vocation Promotions, ed., Quezon City: Directors of Vocations in the Philippines and Claretian Publications, 1992.

Glorify God in Your Body: A Guide to Body Prayer, Quezon City: Claretian Publications, 1992.