“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. Eleuterio Mireles CJM

Mission: Vocations Director, Director of Formation

Fr. Eleuterio is a native of East Chicago, Indiana and relocated to Carlsbad, California in the summer of 2006. It was here where he began to hear the calling of the Lord and discern the priesthood. After a few years of active lay ministry, he decided to leave his career as the manager of an engineering office to fully engage in his discernment towards the priesthood.

Fr. Eleuterio completed a degree in Communication Media with an emphasis on New Evangelization from John Paul Catholic University and a certificate in Philosophy. He also spent a year in France studying the spirituality of St. John Eudes. Upon his return from France, he began his theological studies at St. John’s seminary in Camarillo, CA. He graduated with his Masters in Divinity in May 2017 and ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 2017.

Fr. Eleuterio is currently in charge of the formation program for the Eudist in the US Region. He also travels all over Southern California promoting Eudist vocations.

 

 

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.