|Rev. J. Antonio Ponce, OMI
Rev. Fr Antonio Ponce, OMI joined the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Office in Washington, DC in June of 2013, and assumed the position of Director in January, 2015. He is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. Fr. Ponce lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, where he joined the Missionary Oblates. After studying in Tijuana, Mexico, he worked in a parish there, and then in Guatemala City, and Playa Grande, Guatemala, in Ottawa, Canada, and in Mexico City, Mexico. Before moving to Washington, Fr. Ponce served for 3½ years as Associate Pastor at Santa Rosa Church, in San Fernando, CA. Social justice ministry, in collaboration with other organizations, has always been a key part of his pastoral work. In addition to directing the JPIC Office in Washington, Fr. Ponce serves as JPIC animator for the North American Region (Us and Canada) to the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates in Rome.
Rev. Séamus P. Finn, OMI
Rev. Séamus P. Finn, OMI served as director of the USP JPIC office from its inception on 1999 until 2015, and as director of JPIC ministry in previous oblate offices domestically and in Rome. He is Chief of Faith Consistent Investing for the OIP Investment Trust and remains as a consultant to the USP JPIC office. He is an international leader in faith consistent and socially responsible investing and serves as a consultant to investment committees. As such, he serves as Chair of the Board of ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, www.ICCR.org), and has been instrumental in the formation of the International Interfaith Investment Group www.3iGnet.org. Séamus actively engages corporations in the financial and extractives sectors, as well as multinationals on labor and supply chain issues. He also serves on the boards of a number of organizations that are focused on domestic and global justice priorities in the public policy arena.
|George Kombe Ngolwe
As Associate Director, George supports and partners with the Director in shaping and implementing JPIC organizational priorities and strategic mission of the office. Manages program development, focus on immigration reform, corporate social responsibility (human rights policy & community engagement), and oversees social justice initiatives for Oblates working in Africa and Latin America. George also develops educational materials outlining Missionary Oblates’ unique perspective on the issue of death penalty, and engages in other efforts supporting U.S. Oblate missions. George holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Rowena Gono is Communications Coordinator at the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office at the Missionary Oblates in Washington, DC. She joined the office in September of 2015. She is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s communications and outreach strategy to align with JPIC’s strategic mission and goals. She serves as primary website manager, produces the JPIC Report newsletter, maintains the organization’s social media channels, and supports the organization’s mission on corporate responsibility. Rowena previously worked with other Catholic organizations including Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, MD and Center of Concern in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of New Jersey and a Master’s degree in International Development from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.
|Rev. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI
Associate, International JPIC Office and Oblate UN Representative – New York
Daniel has been a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1971. Daniel is Canadian, but worked in Peru from 1978 until his appointment to the Oblates’ General Administration JPIC Office in April 2007. He represents the Oblate Congregation, recognized as an NGO at the United Nations, where he follows the work of the Commissions on Social Development, including the sub-committee on the eradication of poverty, Sustainable Development, the Forum on Indigenous Peoples, Financing for Development and Migration. In this work, he collaborates closely with VIVAT International.
During his thirty years in Peru, Daniel served as pastor of several parishes in the Diocese of Carabayllo (Lima) and in the high jungle. He worked on a variety of justice issues from assisting victims of terrorism to investigating mass graves and helping to bring perpetrators to justice. He also studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). For many years, he was a member, as well as Chair, of the Latin American OMI Commission of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
Meghan joined the JPIC office in September of 2015 as the part time office coordinator where she assists with the newsletter along with corporate responsibility efforts. She moved to the DC area from St. Paul, MN where she was involved at the St. Paul Cathedral, serving as the marketing coordinator for the young adult ministry. Meghan is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at Catholic University and holds a Bachelor’s in Catholic Studies and Music Performance from the University of St. Thomas.
|Bayor Chantal Ngoltoingar
Bayor comes from Chad, Central Africa and is working on her Masters in social work at the Catholic University of America. Before coming to Washington, DC Bayor studied English at a community college in Sanford, North Carolina. She also spent six months working as a volunteer at Haven Lee County, a Shelter offering care to adult women and children. Bayor has published a book about the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Africa called ” L’obscurite sous le Soleil” translated as “Darkness under the sun.” A French version of the book is scheduled to be released in France.
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