Pete Neeley, S.J.
Associate Director of Education, Kino Border Initiative
Fr. Peter Neeley, S.J,. is a native of San Francisco, California. He holds degrees from Gonzaga University, St. Louis University and Loyola University of Chicago. He taught theology at the University of San Francisco where he directed the office of Hispanic Ministry and Campus Ministry.
Since 1975, Fr. Neeley has studied and worked in Mexico and Central America. During the 1980’s he led human rights delegations on numerous occasions both in El Salvador and Nicaragua. In 1986 he spent a year in El Salvador studying the effects of fundamentalism on the Catholic and Protestant Christian community. From 1987-91 he taught in the summer programs for the Jesuit University in Guadalajara, Mexico.
From 1991-98 he was involved in full-time pastoral work in East Los Angeles and Hollywood. His primary emphasis was with Latino youth at risk and immigrant families. This included celebrating the sacraments in Juvenile halls and local county facilities.
From 1998 to 2006 he has worked for Jesuit Refugee Service/Los Angeles Detention Project, as director of religious services in Southern California.
From 2008 until the present he has been involved in the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Arizona, and Mexico, as the assistant director of educational programs.