Rev. Aloysius Funtila, fondly called by all as Fr. Aloy was ordained in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, Philippines in 1983 after graduating from Maryhill School of Theology, a seminary founded by CICM (Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) Belgian priests.
While awaiting his visa, during the Benigno Aquino assassination, for his first permanent assignment, he was temporarily made associate pastor at St. Andrew Church in Parañaque, Metro Manila. After two months, he left for Taiwan to start his missionary work, where with his vow of obedience had to assume the position of pastor with hardly any command of the Chinese (Taiwanese) language. After his tenure in 1990, he went back to the Philippines to pursue his studies in Family Counseling at Ateneo de Manila. After graduation, he was recalled to Taiwan for a second Chinese language studies in Mandarin. Already fluent in two Chinese languages, he decided to come to the United States in 1993, to enroll in a Master’s Program in Counseling at the University of California at Berkeley.
That same year in November, he was invited to the windy city and was an extern priest at St. Angela Church in Chicago for six months, then became the church administrator that lasted for one and a half years. Recognizing Fr. Aloy’s ability, commitment and devotion to his pastorate, then Archbishop Francis George and the Archdiocese of Chicago granted him incardination in 1998, followed by his assignment as associate pastor here at St. Anastasia Catholic Church.
Always a missionary-at-heart, since becoming pastor of our church in 2002, Fr. Aloy tends to his sheep always with the credo, “What Would Jesus Do?” He administers St. Anastasia with an open mind, but very determined when it calls for critical decisions, especially when it comes to providing Catholic education to children.
Father Aloy is devoted to the parishioners of St. Anastasia Church, and a great proponent of Catholic education in the area.