Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation

3/F Spiritual-Pastoral Center (CEFAM)
Seminary Drive
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 928 6040
(02) 426 6001 loc. 4875

About Emmaus Center


The time for

  • Your own eyes to be opened ...
  • Your heart to burn again ...
  • Your hope to be restored ...

May be now.

Emmaus Center welcomes you.

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Established in November 1981, Emmaus Center was set up by a team of religious and lay people led by Fr. Benny S. Calpotura, SJ, to address the formation needs of various religious congregations, seminaries, lay organizations, and clergy in the Philippines.

Today, the center extends its services to clientele in the Asia-Pacific Region: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Hongkong, Saipan, Guam, Sri Lanka, and Hawaii.

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Emmaus upholds the following values: integral psycho-spiritual formation, reverent companioning, professionalism (competence and integrity), deep respect for the diverse gifts and charism in the Church, and sensitivity and responsiveness to God's presence and promptings.

We strive to foster the Ignatian ideals of cura personalis (unique care for each person) and discernment (disposing oneself to seek and do God’s will).

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Emmaus Associates are trained in diverse fields: clinical, social, and developmental psychology; theology and spirituality; pastoral work; education; leadership; management; and organizational development. Senior Emmaus Associates are pioneers and leaders in the ministry of formation in the Philippines.

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Companions in Formation and Mission

For over 30 years, Emmaus Center has been involved in the work of human and spiritual formation. It has helped in the formation of Church leaders—lay persons, bishops, priests, men and women religious—in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. It has accompanied individuals, organizations, and communities in their journey of discernment in faith and growth in ministry.

Emmaus remains commited in the work of formation, the process where one grows in values and commitments shaped by one's relationship with God. Inspired by the richness of the Christian spiritual tradition and informed by contemporary psychology and other social sciences, Emmaus continues to respond to the new challenges of forming Christian disciples amid an increasingly complex and confusing postmodern world.