Born in Azua de Compostela in the Dominican Republic, Dec. 5, 1979, third child of four children of Telma Isidora de Leon and Pedro Bienvenido Perez Segura. His family all live in the Dominican Republic. The only boy in the family, he attended elementary school at Angel Fermin’s Novoa. For high school, he attended the Liceo Roman Bardoritti de Castro.
At age 16, he started to think about becoming a priest and began the process to be a Jesuit. He entered the Jesuit novitiate on Sept. 6, 1998 in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic at age 18, and took first vows on Sept. 9, 2000.
From 2000 to 2004, he was a student of philosophy and humanities at the Instituto Pedro Francisco Bono, a Jesuit institute in Santo Domingo. He received a degree in philosophy and humanities. Spent three months in Haiti working with refugees and learning Creole, the language of native Haitians.
In April 2004, he was sent by his superiors to study English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he stayed for six months. “This experience afforded me an opportunity to learn about the United States and the Catholic Church here.”
Returning to the Dominican Republic, he was an academic director and taught for two years at the Instituto Agronómico San Ignacio de Loyola in Dajabón, a city on the border with Haiti.
From August to December 2006, he worked in the Jesuit Refugee Service in Santiago doing both administration and pastoral work especially with the poor, the marginalized and immigrants from Haiti.
In 2007, he was sent to Brazil to begin theological studies in Belo Horizonte; in two years there he learned to speak Portuguese and taught part-time at Loyola High School.
He was ordained a deacon on Dec. 27, 2009 in Manresa Loyola in Santo Domingo. In November 2010, he applied to the Diocese of San Jose and was accepted. He was assigned to St. Clare Parish as a Parochial Vicar starting July 1st, 2014.