Rev. Séamus P. Finn, OMI — Director
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 the 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.
|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).
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.
|Bayor Chantal Ngoltoingar
Bayor was born in Chad, Central Africa. Her work experience includes finance and marketing, while working with the United Bank of Africa and Airtel mobile company in Chad. She is currently pursuing her Master’s 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.” The book was published in France and she is working on the English version, soon to be published.
Prior to joining the Missionary Oblates – JPIC staff in May 2018, Bayor completed a one-year volunteer position with the office in 2017.
|Br. Joey Methé, OMI
Br. Joey Methé, OMI, is a creative professional who has always been passionate about social solidarity and ecological justice. He began his activist work when he was elected President of l’Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones (AEF) at Laurentian University in Sudbury (Canada), advocating for the linguistic rights of francophone students and fighting for unhindered access to post-secondary education. He then went on to work for the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa for over 9 years as the Communications Director. After years of leadership in the student movement in Canada, he became a religious brother with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 1st, 2018. This was his way to answer Jesus’ call to be in solidarity with those who are forgotten, abandoned and oppressed.
Br. Joey is from Notre-Dame-du-Cap Oblate Province in Canada and is currently studying Theology at the University of St Paul, Ottawa.
He is the 2019 summer intern at the JPIC USA office. As an oblate brother in formation, he hopes to learn from the expertise of the JPIC staff, continue his work studying and analyzing the mining/extractives industry, and offer his creative media production skills to the OMI justice, peace and integrity of creation ministry.