The Superior General of the Society of
Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa, has appointed Fr Erik John J. Gerilla (46) as the next
Regional Superior of the East Timor Region (ETR).
Fr Erik, known as ‘EJ’, was born in 1977
in the Philippines. After obtaining aBachelor of
Accountancy from Ateneo de Davao University (1998), he joined the Society of
Jesus at the age of 26 in the Philippines (2003). Following his studies in
Philosophy, he was sent to East Timor in 2008 for his regency in Colegio de São José. After his
theological studies at Loyola School of Theology, in Manila, EJ was ordained
priest by Cardinal Antonio G. Tagle, then Archbishop of Manila. He was then missioned
again to East Timor.
Along the years, he had a number of
responsibilities within the East Timor Region:Director of Jesuit Social Service - Timor Leste (2014), Regional
Treasurer and Development Officer of the Jesuits in Timor Leste (2017). After
his tertianship in Australia and his final vows, since 2020 to present time, he
has been the parish Priest of Paroquia Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima, in
EJ Gerilla will take office on 3 January 2024, the Feast Day of the Most Holy
Name of Jesus.