About the Author

Part-time blogger, full-time Jesuit priest.

Educator by profession, scholar by accident.

โ€œYou will know life
and be acknowledged
by it according to your degree of transparencyโ€“
your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end
and to remain purely as a means.โ€

– Dags Hammarskjold

Fr. J has published nine books.

Halina’t Masdan Si Hesus sa Ebanghelyo
A Translation of Donald Senior’s Jesus: A Gospel Portrait (1991)
Co-Authored with L Catalan SJ and M Tan SJ


The Parable of the Elder Brother (2007)
Winner: Best Book for Family, Life, Children
2007 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards


50 Something: Pieces of Prayer and Reflection (2011)
Finalist: Best Book in Theology, 2011 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Award


Quick Questions and Uneasy Answers:
Reflections for the Lost and Found

WINNER: Best Book in Spirituality
2013 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards


Learning by Refraction: A Practitioner’s Guide
for 21st-Century Ignatian Pedagogy

Co-authored with Rita Atienza
Translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Polish, and Dutch.

Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective:
Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking (2019)

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Pins of Light: Scattered Hints about God (2021)

Ang Kuya (2023)
(Filipino Translation of the Parable of the Elder Brother)

Leading with Depth: A Practitioner’s Guide
to 21st-Century Ignatian Leadership

Co-authored with Assunta Cuyegkeng, PhD

Fr. J has also been conducting an annual online Holy Week retreat since 2007. He claims it’s good for his soul.

Muir Woods (March 2016)
Muir Woods (March 2016)

49 replies on “About the Author”

Hi Fr J! You’re no longer running or updating this site anymore? Sayang naman po, I was looking forward to joining the 2023 Holy Week Retreat from here. Sana it could be hosted here again. All the same, God bless!

Hi Fr Johnny, I used to look forward to reading your Sunday homilies posted at 8am. I hope you share them here again like before. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dear Father Johnny,
Thank you very much for the 2022 Online Retreat, one retreat like no others. These three days, have stirred up a lot of emotions: painful memories, self discovery .
This platform is an example of ” building a for bridge” – for me to be truthful to my faith and look forward to being a better person fpr others.
Happy Easter !

Hello po Fr J, I am interested to learn more about Ignatian Spirituality in a classroom set-up. I frequented the Cenacle Retreat in QC before the pandemic lockdown. Today, I just watched your Lenten Retreat for Holy Thursday. It’s really inspiring. Is there an online class here in the Philippines where I can enroll? I’m also working right now as a full time college teacher and in need of a flexible time to attend classes. Thank you in advance for your help!

I love the one minute homilies and the retreat was most profound, and yet pragmatic. Thank you for the words of wisdom. How do I purchase your books Fr Johnny?

Hi Father, I attended your on line recollection for 2 days. Very rich and enlightening. Can you please include me in your mailing list?

Happy Easter Fr. J.
It’s my first time to join your online retreat. Thank you for doing this for us. May I ask to be included in your mailing list too?
God bless you for your good work.

Hi Fr. Johnny,

Where can I buy your book- 50mething? I’d like to buy several copies… Many thanks!


Fr. J,

I hope you’ll have the Holy Week Online Retreat again this Lenten season…specially this Lenten season.


Hi Fr. J,
Thankful to have come across your thoughtful and beautiful website. I would like to ask permission to use the moving picture of Jesus’ two nail-scarred, outstretched hands as part of an upcoming speaking engagement, and would like to communicate with you about this directly, please. Could you or someone else from your organization get in touch with me, please?

I miss your homilies, Fr. Johnny! Hope you still remember me. Please include me in your mailing list [email protected]. May I ask where and wgat time you hold Sunday Masses? Thank you for blessing us with Godโ€™s Word and your reflections.

That picture of you inside the gut of a giant tree in Muir Woods illustrates how small we are in the face of God’s wonderful creation–an analogy for the humility you so eloquently speak of. I don’t know if I qualify as an Atenean (took up my MA there but ran short of a thesis–come to think of it, Father, can one call himself an Atenean who dropped out, failed or was expelled in grade/high school ? just asking–like it mattered) but I do sometimes feel “above the rest” just for attending Ateneo for two years–the Ateneo ego at work, as you put it. Nakakahiya. . .

Am interested in your online retreat. How does someone like me who is without a facebook account join?

Loved your homily. Thanks, Father, for knocking a good dose of sense–and humility–into our heads.

Father J, have been center for ignatian spirituality Holy Week retreats for over a decade. But during 5 day retreat in Sept 2014, was able for the first time to do contemplative scripture prayers where i became one of the characters. Since then my holy week retreats were having i believe conversations with God. I need to be enlightened if these were real or just my mind doing tricks on me. Because my SD in these individually guided retreats said they dont know if am having talks with God. Pls enlighten me. Can elaborate when needed. Thanks!

Hello! God uses our imagination for deep prayer. But of course it is possible that what happens is just a result of our own imagination. The only way to know whether the prayers are authentic religious experiences coming from God is through their fruits: Do they make you love God more? Do they lead you to a greater selflessness, etc.?

I would like to get a link to retrieve “HOLY WEEK FOR BYSTANDERS AND FENCE SITTERS:
Online Lent Recollection 2012”
Thank you Fr. J.

Hi fr. j,

I came across your blog in my Facebook page.

I read some of the homilies and questions therein.

I find the articles therein very interesting and thought provoking. It is also helps me to understand my faith better.

Thank you and may God bless you.


Hi Fr J, I am an ICAn Alumni and working in Plano Texas. Would like to join you online recollection. please advise the link?

Thank you very much!

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