Spiritual Companions

Fr. Albert Tan, S.J.

Fr Albert Tan, S.J. is a Jesuit who studied in the Philippines and Canada en-route to his ordination as a priest in 2005. He was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya, initially as Assistant Parish Priest and later as Parish Priest until 2015. Subsequently, he left for Australia to pursue a Masters degree in Spiritual Direction. After that, in 2018, Fr Albert was assigned to the Philippines as Socius to the Novice Master of the Malaysia-Singapore Region, Formator of the Sacred Heart Novitiate, and Spiritual Director of the Sacred Heart Retreat House. He returned to Malaysia in November 2021 to take up his new appointment as Director of MARANATHA House of Prayer. Fr Albert has been involved in retreat-giving on a part-time basis since 2006. However, from 2019 to 2021, he assumed full-time ministry and found the retreat-giving and spiritual direction very life-giving and humbling. As such, Fr Albert is looking forward to his assignment in MARANATHA House of Prayer.

Fr. Alberto Irenus, S.J.

Fr Alberto Irenus, S.J. is a Malaysian Jesuit. He is the Director of Jesuit Candidacy House Malaysia. He believes God initiates any audacious and sincere vocation as an enterprise for us to encounter His goodness and to share His love. He sees this conviction beginning at an early age from the moment we do what is good according to Prophet Micah: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”

Fr. Alvin Ng Sze Syn, S.J.

Fr Alvin Ng Sze Syn, S.J. is a Malaysian Jesuit based in Kuching, Sarawak. He heads the local Jesuit community while teaching Bible Knowledge and Religious Education at a private Catholic secondary school. He also leads the Ministry to the Migrants for the Archdiocese of Kuching.

Fr. Alvin has given preached and directed Ignatian retreats in the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. He has a particular interest in foreign languages and has been involved in pastoral counselling and faith formation.

Fr. Christopher Soh, S.J.

Fr Christopher Soh S.J. is a Singapore Jesuit priest trained in Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola House, Guelph, Canada. He is the current Director of Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling in Singapore.

Fr. Christopher Wee, S.J.

Fr Christopher Wee, S.J. is a Malaysian Jesuit priest based in Petaling Jaya. Fr. Christopher is the Director of MARANATHA House of Prayer. For eight years, he was formerly campus minister and Assistant Parish Priest of St John’s Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur for four years.

Fr. Eric Anthony S. Escandor, S.J.

Fr Eric Anthony S. Escandor, S.J. is the Director of Vocations Promotions and Jesuit Candidacy, PH Province.

Fr. Francis D Alvarez, S.J.

Fr Francis D Alvarez, SJ is a Filipino Jesuit priest. He has a PhD in Theology & Education and Masters in Theological Studies and Philosophy. Presently, he teaches in the Faculty of Loyola House of Studies on Biblical Theology and Religious Education. In addition, he gives retreats and has significant interests in teaching graduate-level Bible Courses, and he will always be a student of Scriptures.

Fr. Geoffrey (Monty) Williams, S.J.

Fr Geoffrey (Monty) Williams, S.J. is a Jesuit priest involved in the apostolate of spiritual direction, specifically the Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, for the past forty years.

He is an internationally acclaimed spiritual director and retreat leader and brings a practical and innovative approach to Spiritual Exercises. He teaches at Regis College, University of Toronto, and travels extensively to parts of Europe, the United States, Australia and South East Asia, helping in spiritual direction.

Fr. Joseph Ng Swee Chun, S.J.

Fr Joseph Ng Swee Chun, S.J. is a Malaysian Jesuit Priest based in Johor Bahru. Besides getting involved in pastoral services and formation works, he has conducted various thematic retreats in Mandarin in both the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and the Melaka-Johor Diocese. He appreciates the great value of Ignatian spirituality to be shared with Christians seeking discerning and transformative life conformed to Christ.

Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J.

Fr Manoling Francisco, S.J. is a Filipino Jesuit priest. He teaches systematic theology at the Loyola School of Theology. As a co-founder of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry, he composes liturgical music in English and Filipino and trains younger musicians to write songs in the vernacular. As Chair of the Tanging Yaman Foundation, he oversees their programs that provide scholarships and livelihood for the poor, relief and rehabilitation services for communities ravaged by war and natural calamities.

Fr. Manuel J Montesclaros S.J.

Fr Manuel J Montesclaros, S.J., is Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology at the Loyola School of Theology in the Philippines. Fr Manuel is a Biblical scholar and was Professor of Sacred Scriptures and Director of Spiritual Formation. He is an experienced spiritual director and gives retreats to seminarians, priests, religious and laypersons. 

Fr. Michael Hansen, S.J.

Fr Michael Hansen, S.J., is a Jesuit of the Australian Province. He is the National Director of the First Spiritual Exercises ministry (FSE), a retreat director, speaker, spiritual formator and writer. He is based at Canisius Spirituality Centre, Sydney, NSW. With an academic background in the arts and theology, he has developed creative uses of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Michael has given First Spiritual Exercises retreats and training workshops in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. In addition, Michael has served in several schools and parishes, produced radio and television programmes, and has several works.

Fr. Moses Kan, S.J.

Fr Moses Kan, S.J. is the director of the Kuangchi Cultural Group in Taiwan. He teaches Ignatian Spirituality and has directed retreats and workshops in Taiwan, many countries in Asia, and the USA for the Chinese communities.

Fr. Norris Seenivasan, S.J.

Fr Norris Seenivasan, S.J., has taught philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University and a spirituality course at the Loyola School of Theology at Manila. Fr Norris has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He was Director of the St John Vianney Retreat House in the Melaka-Johore diocese. Currently, he is the local superior of the Jesuit community in Petaling Jaya and the Formation Delegate of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP), which is based in Manila.

Fr. Oliver G Dy, S.J.

Fr Oliver G Dy, S.J. is a Filipino Jesuit priest. He has a Doctorate in Theology and currently teaches theology, and besides being a spiritual guide, he is also a retreat director in the Spiritual Exercises.

Fr. Peter McIsaac, S.J.

Fr Peter McIsaac, S.J. is a Canadian-born Jesuit who has lived and worked in Jamaica for the past twenty years. Currently, he is the Director of St. Michael's Theological College in Kingston, Jamaica, teaches systematic and spiritual theology, and directs formation programmes (both clergy and laity) for the Archdiocese. In addition, he has done extensive retreat work in the Caribbean, North America and Southeast Asia. He has a particular interest in forms of cultural expression.

Fr. Ramon Ma. Luza Bautista, S.J.

Fr Ramon Ma. Luza Bautista, S.J. is a Filipino Jesuit priest. He has a doctorate in Ignatian spirituality from the University of London, UK, and currently teaches at the Ateneo University in Manila. Fr. Ramon is a very experienced retreat director and gives spiritual direction and formation to Jesuits, Religious and laypersons. He is the author of several books on Ignatian spirituality.

Fr. Roberto (Bobby) Ma. Buenconsejo S.J.

Fr Roberto (Bobby) Ma. Buenconsejo, S.J., a Jesuit priest from the Philippines, is the Director for Formation at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS) and a formator at the San Jose Seminary in Manila.

His academic background is in Theology and Pastoral Counselling. He is responsible for the ongoing formation of apprentices and associates in CIS, gives modular classes in Pastoral Psychology in CIS, and conducts preached and individually-directed retreats. He enjoys travelling, loves music, visual and performing arts, gardening, and is interested in cooking.

Fr. Ted Gonzales S.J.

Fr Ted Gonzales, SJ was ordained in 1987 and has since been involved in family ministry for engaged and married couples and young professionals through Life Direction. He holds an MA in Theology and a PhD in Pastoral Counselling. He has worked with groups integrating Sexuality and Spirituality. Fr Ted now assists in giving a retreat, teaching and spiritual direction for priests, religious and laypeople at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. He is also Juniorate Director for Jesuits in Formation at the University of Jogyakarta, Indonesia.

Fr. Varghese Lopez, S.J.

Fr Varghese Lopez, SJ is a Malaysian Jesuit priest presently attached to St Peter’s College Seminary, Kuching as the resident counselling psychologist. Fr. Varghese has worked as a pastoral and spiritual guide at the St John Vianney Centre for Renewal and Rehabilitation in the USA. He has attended the courses on Ignatian retreat giving in the Philippines and has given retreats and spiritual direction.

Fr. Victor Baltazar, S.J.

Fr Victor Baltazar S.J. is presently the Executive Director of the Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, the Philippines. He has Masters and Licentiate degrees in spirituality from the Loyola School of Theology, Manila. Fr Vic has done doctoral work in spiritual theology at the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His primary focus of academic research is using narratives and stories to make sense of a person’s religious experience.

Bro. Gerard Choo, S.J.

Bro. Gerard Choo, S.J. is a Jesuit Brother who has many years of experience in spiritual direction and giving retreats. He has an MA in pastoral ministry, is a qualified family counsellor and is a registered Pharmacist. Bro. Gerard offers retreats to parish and special interest groups. In addition, he attends to Jesuit administrative duties and works as a Pharmacist at a hospital in Petaling Jaya some days a week.

Sr. Mary Kristin Ng, FMM

Sr. Mary Kristin Ng, FMM  is a Franciscan Religious with many years of experience as a Spiritual Director and giver of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. In addition, Sr. Kristin is a trained nurse and pastoral care counsellor.

Annie Yap

Annie Yap left her corporate job as Deputy General Manager due to her vocation in life and her spiritual path. She was drawn into Ignatian Spirituality, having completed the 3-yr MARANATHA programme in The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Currently, her mission is formation for the youth in Asia. She is the council member of Fundacio (Christian for the World), an international lay movement engaged in youth education and social development. She was also an RCIA facilitator at her parish.

Cecilia Chai

Cecilia Chai is a principal lecturer at a private university college and a licensed counsellor with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors. She has a PhD in Counselling & Guidance, spends most of her time journeying with young adults. She has completed MARANATHA 3-year Spiritual Companion programme in 2011. Since 2016, she has been a prayer companion at MARANATHA House of Prayer.

Kay Cheah-Lim

Kay Cheah-Lim received her formation in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and retreated at MARANATHA, the Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in the Philippines and Manresa Spain, the cradle of Ignatian Spirituality. Kay was a Counsellor and is presently a Spiritual Director at her parish church and involved in its international group ministry.

Lillian Koh

Lillian Koh has been trained in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and has a Masters in Christian studies. Lillian is a medical practitioner. She gives retreats and serves as a spiritual director and counsellor at her parish church.

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