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


Emmaus Founding Members
EMMAUS Center Founders: (From left) Eva K. Galvey, Fr. Benny S. Calpotura, and Ma. Teresa V. Nietes

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.

Eva K. Galvey and Ma. Teresa V. Nietes, the center's co-founders, were joined by Fr. Ben Moraleda, CSSR; Fr. Bernard MacEahern, CP; Sr. Mary James Wilson, RGS; Sr. Maribel Carceller, RSCJ; and Clarissa Bañuelos.

Clients and Partners of Emmaus Center

For over 30 years, Emmaus Center has helped in the formation of Church leaders, lay persons, bishops, priests, and men and women religious in the Philippines. The Center has also extended its services to clientele in the Asia-Pacific Region: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Hongkong, Saipan, Guam, Sri Lanka, and Hawaii. It has accompanied numerous individuals, organizations, and communities in their journey of discernment in faith and growth in ministry.

Emmaus continues to work in partnership with individuals and organizations such as seminaries, dioceses, schools, congregations, parishes, corporations, lay communities, government agencies, and NGOs in the design and facilitation of various programs.

On a regular basis, Emmaus serves the individual and organizational formation needs of the following institutions and communities: Society of Jesus (SJ), San Jose Seminary, San Carlos Seminary, Society of the Divine Word (SVD), St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University, Xavier University, Magis Deo Community, Archdiocese of Manila, and several other dioceses all over the country.

Emmaus Center has worked with major religious congregations such as the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS), Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), Order of St. Benedict (OSB), Daughters of Charity (DC), Religious of the Assumption (RA), St. Paul of Chartres (SPC), and Carmelite Missionaries (CM).

As a Jesuit ministry, Emmaus works in partnership with the following Jesuit institutions: Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS), Loyola School of Theology (LST), Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA), and the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM).