Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General, has named Fr.
Primitivo “Jun” Viray as the next President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia
Pacific (JCAP). Fr. Viray will take over from Fr. Antonio Moreno who has served
in the role since 2017. The exact date of the handover has yet to be
determined. At the moment, Jun Viray is still Provincial of the Philippine
Fr. Viray (62) was born in Quezon City, Philippines.
He completed his basic education at the Jesuit-run Sacred Heart School for Boys
in Cebu. He then earned a degree in Business Economics at the University of the
Philippines before joining the Society of Jesus in 1984. He holds an MA in
Rural Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, as
well as a doctorate in Development Studies. He was ordained to the priesthood
Fr. Viray has a wealth of apostolic experience in
education, advocacy for the poor, and formation work. He served in different
functions in formation houses and has been Delegate for Formation for his
Province. In Higher Education, he taught Economics at Ateneo de Zamboanga
University and was later elected President of Ateneo de Naga University.
recently, during his term as Provincial, Fr. Viray responded to an invitation
from Bishop of Kalookan to send Jesuits to the Sacred Heart Mission Station;
this enabled Jesuits to have greater engagement with the marginalised.
Additionally, he chairs the Myanmar Desk of JCAP and, as President of the
Conference, will serve as the Major Superior of the Jesuits in Pakistan, the
newest mission territory of JCAP.