A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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Jojo M. Fung, S.J., Ph.D.
Lecturer, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Contact Information

East Asian Pastoral Institute
Ateneo de Manila University Campus
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. (+63 02) 426-5901 to 03
Office: (+63 02) 426-6001 ext. 3404


Doing Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples


Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Urbaniana University, Rome
Master of Arts in Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Master of Arts in Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Doctorate in Contextual Theology, Association of Theological Colleges, Chicago


Jojo M. Fung was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on 19 October 1954.  He is a member of the Malaysia-Singapore Region of the Society of Jesus. He went through the primary and secondary education in Sabah, East Malaysia under the Catholic Church. He then entered the diocesan minor and major seminary in Singapore and Penang Malaysia where he procured the A. B. in Theology through Urbania University. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1980 and pronounced his first vows two years after.  While a scholastic, he enrolled in some courses on Latin American Studies at the University of Ateneo de Manila while pursuing his M.A. in Theology at the Loyola School of Theology (Ateneo de Manila University). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

After ordination, he worked in the church of St. Francis Xavier as an assistant parish priest for a year and then a parish priest for four and a half years. In 1993, he did his tertianship, the final stage of Jesuit formation, in Hazaribagh, Bihar, Northern India. After his tertianship, he was sent to Berkeley for his Licentiate in Theology, then to London for his M.A. in Social Anthropology and finally his doctorate in Chicago. He returned to Malaysia in late 1986 and a year latter was posted to the Diocese of Melaka-Johore as a pioneer member of the Arrupe Jesuit Community with 3 other Jesuits. Latter he was appointed the local superior of the same Arrupe Community in Johore Bahru and Faber Community in Melacca. In the diocese, he was working in three diocesan apostolates: Campus Ministry, the Indigenous ministry, the ministry of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. He professed his final vows in the chapel of Skudai Catholic Center, Johore Baru, Johore, West Malaysia, for Campus ministry in 2005. Upon completing his 10the year in the diocese of Melaka-Johore, he went to the East Asian Pastoral Institute as a lecturer. He lectures a module called Culture and Leadership in the course on Pastoral Leadership for Mission (EAPI), and two other modules known as Contextual Theology, and, the Upbuilding of the Local Church in the course entitled Pastoral Renewal Program (EAPI). He is also lectures at MA program on Pastoral Studies and at the Loyola School of Theology.

Major Publications and Current Research

“The Legendary Batu Punggul,” Sabah Society Journal, Vol. 15 (1998): 59-73.

“Ongoing Dialogue on Environmental Ethic: a Basis For a General Malaysian Rainforest Ethic and its Ensuing Liturgical Practices, “East Asian Pastoral Review, vol. 34, 4 (1997), 311-324.

“Doing Practical Theology: A Malaysian Perspective,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol. 36, no. 3 (1999), 338-350.

“Taking a forward leap: Understanding proclamation, church and Unity,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol.37, no. 2 (2000), 155-172.

“Dominion of Co-Creators,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol.37, no. 2 (2000), 374-379.
“Glimpses of Murut Shamanism,” SHAMAN, Vol.8, No.2 (Autumn, 2000): 181-193.

“Multifaceted aspects of Mission,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol. 38, no. 4 (2001), 383-387.

“Toward A Paradigm Shift In Mission Amongst The Indigenous Peoples In Asia.” FABC Papers No. 105. Hong Kong: Federation Of Asian Bishops’Conferences, 2002.

“Rethinking Missiology In Relation To Indigenous People’ Life-Struggle.” Mission Studies 20 (April, 2003), 29-54.

____________. Ripples On The Water: Believers In The Indigenous Struggle for A Society of  Equals. Plentong, Malaysia: Diocesan Communication Center.

“The “Subversive Memory” of Shamanism.” In Art Leete and R. Paul Firnhaber, eds., Shamanism in the Interdisciplinary Context. Florida, USA: Brown Walker Press, 2004, 268-89.

“Millstones amid Milestones,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol. 41, no. 2, (2004), 191-217.

“Murut Shamanism,” “Semai Shamanism,” in Mariko N. Walter & Eva Jane Neumann Fridman., Eds., Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture. Vol. I & II. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2004, 824, 827.
“A Theological Reflection On ‘The Baptism Into The Deep’ and Its Missiological Implications For The Asian Catholic Church.”  Mission Studies 20 (June, 2005), 227-247.

“An Appraisal of the Eight Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conferences Synod on Family Life,” Vol 43, no. 3 (2005), 289-295.

Garing The Legend: A Decorated Hero A Renowned Shaman. Sabah Museum. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: Percetakan Kolombong Ria, 2006.

“A Theological Interface with Pieris and Sobrino,” East Asian Pastoral Review, vol.45, no. 2 (2008), 181-187.

“Global Food Crisis: A Theology of Sustenance,” East Asian Pastoral Review, Vol. 45, no. 4 (2008), 373-383.

“Be Priest in/of Dialogue,” CANews, Vol.38, no. 10 (October, 2009), 27.

“An Asian Liberation Theology of Sacred Sustainability: A Local Theology In Dialogue with Indigenous Shamans,” Vol. 4, no. 2, Asian Horizon (December, 2010), 401-415.
“Newness and Boldness of Approaches For Effective Evangelization and Missiology,” Vol. 5, no. 4, Asian Horizon (December, 2011), 778-795.
“The Menace of Corruption: An Accursed Malaise and A Systemic Evil,” Vol. 6, no. 1, Asian Horizon (March, 2012), 41-59.

“A Corruption-Ridden World: Think Global, Respond Local, as a Filipino Church,” Landas 24:1 (2010), 35- 55.

“Vatican As An Ecclesial Pentecost,” Vol. 6, no. 3 Asian Horizon (September, 2012),552-569.

2013. Doing field research among the Karen People in Northern Thailand based on the two concepts: Sacredness and Sustainability.

Forthcoming.  A Shamanic Theology of Sacred Sustainability: Christianity in Dialogue with Shamans for Liberative Struggle. Quezon City: Jesuit Communication.

Forthcoming.  Sacred Sustainability: A Shamanic Pneumatology amidst Crisis of Sustainability.

Other Academic Activities

EAPI: Coordinator of the Pastoral Renewal Program and Assistant to the director for Academic Affairs.