“The Provincial Superior may authorize a confrere to live outside the house or the community for reasons of health, studies or ministry… He then determines the structures that will allow all these confreres to benefit from the support and the requirements of sharing in community.”
(CJM Practical Rules 86.2, 88.1)

 

Several members of the CJM live outside community houses for exceptional and often temporary reasons. These are our members who live “abroad.”

 

Fr. Ernesto Torres CJM
Mission: Specialized studies in Priestly Formation at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy

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Was born on September 24th 1978 in Mexicali, Baja California. While completing his first semester of Medical School at the University of Baja California, he received the call of God and was led to enter the seminary. He completed his degree in Philosophy at the Diocesan Seminary of Mexicali. From the beginning of his discernment he has been attracted to the Sacred Heart. He later met the Eudist priests by a friend. In reading some of St. John Eudes´ spirituality, he found that he had already written exactly what he was feeling, and was immediately connected, finding his place in the Church. He joined the Eudist Community in San Diego, and was sent to ¨Ave Cor¨ (a Eudist house of formation) in Mexico City, where he completed his Theology degree at the Pontifical University of Mexico. He then lived his Spiritual year of Eudist Formation in France, Colombia and Venezuela. He was incorporated into the Congregation of Jesus and Mary on June 27, 2008 and was ordained on November 14th of the same year. His first priestly mission was at St. James Parish in Solana Beach where he happily served as associate pastor for five years. The two years that followed, he was assigned to ¨House of Jesus and Mary¨ (Eudist house) as director, his emphasis was to accompany seminarians and also promote vocations for the US Eudist Region. During this time he shared time as a professor at the Diocesan Institute in San Diego. Today, he is completing a Masters degree in Formation to the Priesthood and Consecrated life at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he strives to be faithful to the spirit of his founder to form ¨Pastors according to the heart of God¨.

 

Fr. Benoit Drapeau CJM

Mission: retirement at St. Jerome Parish in Phoenix, AZFr-Ben-D-staff

Fr. Drapeau is a native of New Brunswick, Canada. He holds a PhD in Sacramental Theology, specializing in liturgy. He was a Professor at Christ the King Mayor Seminary and in parish ministry in Troy, NY, Rayne, LA, and is currently in residence at St. Jerome parish in Phoenix. Despite his status as retired, he continues to serve as chaplain for three hospitals and a hospice service.

 

 

Fr. Bob Perelli CJM
Mission: The Center for Family Systems Therapy in Buffalo, NY

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Fr. Perelli holds a doctorate in Ministry and specializes in a branch of psychology known as Family Systems Therapy. In 1989, his doctoral dissertation was published by Augsbug Fortress Press under the title “Ministry to Persons with AIDS, A Family Systems Approach.” In the same year, he founded AIDS Family Services of Western New York. In 2004, he went on to found the Center for Family Systems Therapy of Western New York, which allowed him to bring his ministry to a wider population. As a psychotherapist, he has offered over 20,000 hours of counseling and support group facilitation. He also serves as a weekend priest at St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo, NY.

 

Fr. Ricardo Chinchilla CJM
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Mission: Superior for the North American Province

Fr. Ricardo is a native of Honduras but did the majority of 
his priestly formation in the Eudist Province of Minuto de Díos in Colombia. While there, he worked as Assistant Director, editor and producer of Magazine LUMEN 2000 a Spanish speaking version of TV Magazine made in Holland and distributed worldwide. He also worked as Director of Minuto de Dios Radio, and advisor for the nationwide Office for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Colombia. In 2001 he came to San Diego to minister at the SDSU Newman Club and the newly founded vocational discernment house there. He was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Patrick in Carlsbad, then left to accept his appointment as Provincial Superior for the CJM in North America. He currently resides at the Provincial House in Quebec.