FR. ELISEO R. MERCADO, JR., OMI, Ph.D.
Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado, Jr. is a religious of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). He studied Theology and Missiology at the Gregorian University in Rome and Islamic Studies at the University of Cairo, Egypt.
For many years, he was the parish priest at the Muslim-populated town of Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Today he continues to be active in peace-building processes in Mindanao, where as president of the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, he established the Institute of Peace Education.
For his peace-building efforts, he received the following presidential citations: the Presidential Award given by President Corazon Aquino for Outstanding Community Service; the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service and Contribution to Peace given by President Fidel Ramos for his participation in the Government of the Republic of the Philippines-Moro National Liberation Front (GRP-MNLF) Peace Process and his Role in the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) Consultative Assembly; and the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowship Award for Outstanding Community Service for his service and commitment to the Peace Process and Peace Building efforts in Mindanao.
He was formerly Director of the OMI-JPIC Service in Rome, where his expertise in “Peace Mediation and Islam” has led the OMI to the United Nations as an accredited NGO to the European Union through the Africa-Europe Faith Justice Network, and to the World Social Forum. He is back in the country and still very much involved in the “peace process” and other pastoral concerns of the OMI congregation.
Dr. Mercado has been a member of International Academic Advisory Board since 2002.