San Lucas Mission Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Back row: Leonel Tun, Edy Morales, Abram Hernandez, Patricia Quiacain, Front Row:  Juan Carlos Hernandez and Dr. Rafael Tun

The San Lucas Mission Administrator is Jose Leonel Tun, son of Don Marcos Tun, who was one of the elders and dear friends of Fr. Greg.  Leonel is a brother to Dr. Rafael Tun.  He brings to this position the humility and character that is such a gift to the mission. His patience and deep faith will add an element that Fr. Greg supplied for so many years.  He works together with the Friends of San Lucas and the directors of each project to see that the mission runs smoothly.  Leonel collaborates closely with Dr. Raphael Tun, Director of the Clinic, Abram Hernandez – Construction/ Agriculture Director, Edy Morales – Coffee/Ag Program Director, Patricia Quiacain, Director of the School, and Juan Carlos Hernandez - Visitor’s Program Director.  Together this team continues the work that was started so long ago by Fr. Greg.  Each director recognizes the need to carry on the spirit of Fr. Greg, which is to respect the dignity of each person, to be generous and respond to the needs of the people and to foster a spirit of service among the employees of the mission. 


Mission Administrator 

Full Name and Preferred Name: José Leonel Tun Ajpuac (Leonel)

How did you come to know the Mission? My dad worked in the parish before Fr. Greg came. He met Fr. Greg October 4th when he arrived to San Lucas, for this reason I grew up knowing the mission. I studied pre-primario and primario in the “Colegio San Lucas” now “Colegio Monseñor Gregorio”. After I graduated high school in construction drawings, Fr. Greg gave me the opportunity to work in the potable water system where I worked for a year. Later he gave me the opportunity to be the art teacher in the Colegio; I was in this program for 19 years, from 1996 to 2014.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: Together we can!

Objective of your program area: To make this Mission an honorable and prestigious place, not for what it has but for the things it is capable of doing in aid of those most in need.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years? To be a solid institution in service of others.

Director Of The Clinic

Full Name and Preferred Name: Rafael Tun Aipuac (Rafa)

How did you come to know the Mission?

My father worked in the parish when Fr. Greg arrived in San Lucas. He continued his work with the mission, working for many years as a guard of the Parish. I was born in what is now Fr. John Goggin’s house. I studied in “Colegio Parroquial San Lucas.” I had the support of the Mission through Fr. Greg to finish my university studies. I felt the opportunity was not only for my educations but also opportunity for service, for this reason I entered the Mission’s health program and 17 years later here I am.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: In his homilies he would always say that the gifts and talents that God had given us were to be used in the service of others. Another favorite is: Together we can!

Objective of your program area: Provide a medical service and health to all people, but especially those most in need. To be a relief or solution to the pains and the problems of the people we serve.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

I see supporting and serving more people of the community, implementing more services and perfecting them with well-trained staff to provide quality service, because the population is growing and with that the needs are growing.

Director Of The Coffee Program

Full Name and Preferred Name: Edy Alexander Morales Alvarez (Edy)

How did you come to know the Mission? I came to know the Mission because my dad, Julio Morales, worked in the construction and coffee program. And this is how I met Fr. Greg. Also, when I was in school, I started working with the program in the afternoons and when I had vacations.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: An important phrase for me is when Fr. Greg always asked “How is the family?” He was always thinking of the family/always had the family in mind.

Objective of your program area: The objective of the program is to continue supporting more families that are small coffee farmers, buying their mature coffee at a fair price and providing them with economic support. Also to support the employees of the program with work and in this way, maintain the quality of coffee for exportation. This was the dream of Fr. Greg— that families would grow through the production of coffee.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

Overall, to grow as the coffee project, to benefit the population, and expand ourselves in the National and International markets.

Director Of The Visitor's Program

Full Name and Preferred Name: Carlos Hernández Tamup. (Juan Carlos)

How did you come to know the Mission?

I grew up in the orphanage “Casa Feliz” where many of us were victims of the armed conflict in Guatemala. Fr. Greg trusted me and so he gave me a job at the Mission. He represented more to me, he was like a real father to me.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg:

A message very important to me is that Fr. Greg always said that we will help the people most in need, without preference for religion, size, race, etc.

Objective of your program area:

The objective of the program is to work with love and attend to every person the same way that comes to the office for information, without having preference. To have good communication and to be friendly to all the visitors that comes to the Mission so that this program can continue growing and improving. And so the Friends of San Lucas have more trust and confidence in us.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

God willing, in the future the visitors program will improve and continue developing if we continue working how we are working now. Thank you to all the friends who form the association in the United States for giving me this confidence in this new job. Thank you and God bless you.

Co-Director Charity Of Program

Full Name and Preferred Name: Ruth Emilsa Lopez Juárez de Tún (Emi López)

How did you come to know the Mission?

[I came to know the Mission] through the "Colegio San Lucas," when I was 12 I joined the youth group F.U.E.G.O., 3 years later I met Fr. Felipe Schotzco, who when he left in 1989, left my name as a recommendation with Fr. Greg [for the position]. I remember the confusion of Fr. Greg with my name Ruth Emilsa and Emi; he thought they were two different people and didn't know who to offer the position to. I didn't know that Fr. Felipe had done this for me until 9 years later, the day of my wedding. It was a gift and a blessing. But in all that has happened in my life, and the marvelous people I have met, I have seen the presence and the smile of God in my life and really I have been a very blessed woman.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: There are many but this is one of my favorites:Thank you God for your people…For being in your town, with your town and for your town.

Objective of your program area: I think the objective of all is to continue with the vision Fr. Greg started the Mission with. Personally, I like that in the charity program we are contemplating the four fundamental pillars of the Social Doctrine of the Church; dignity of the human person, common good, subsidiarity and solidarity. It is something Fr. Greg emphasized. And, so far, I think we’ve met them.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years? I have always thought that what is of God does not end...To continue with aiding families, renewing people and yet, the idea I have is to restore hearts. There are people that are marginalized in society, their family or neighborhood. There are families with problems of alcoholism and prostitution, abandoned children by one or both parents, etc. We are helping with the economic part but we need to cure the hearts of the people, there is not just hunger for food, lack of economy…There is hunger for the love of God that cures all. There is a void in the heart of families that I know that only God can fill. I don’t know how we can do this, but it is good because it has not let me sleep for many nights.

Co-Director Of Charity Program

Full Name and Preferred Name: Alberto Jacinto Ajpuac (Beto)

How did you come to know the Mission? Through my work as a carpenter and through the projects of Fr. Greg for many years.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: Collaborate with God through your talents.

Objective of your program area: To love and serve my peers. Thank you all for giving me this opportunity in the Mission.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

I see it being very blessed for the effort that is being put into it and everything being done with love.

Director Of The Construction/Agriculture Program

Full Name and Preferred Name: Abraham Hernandez Pol  (Abraham)

How did you come to know the Mission?:

I was on a finca for 6 years and I was planning on leaving for Guatemala City. Before I left I stopped by the Mission to say goodbye to Fr. Greg and Fr. John. Fr. Greg asked what type of job I wanted to do; he offered carpentry masonry, agriculture, and farm work. I told him I needed a week to think about it. He had me work with Bartolo Juarez during that time. I worked to clean the area that would be the center of health all by myself. Maybe it was a test, but for Bartolo it would have taken him a week but I finished the job in two days. After this, I decided I wanted to be working in carpentry. I started out and worked as an assistant for two years before Fr. Greg offered me the position as the head of carpentry. I told him I didn’t have a lot of experience but he told me I knew a lot. Ever since then I’ve been the head of the carpentry program.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: God permitting, helping families in need. “Everything is done with love.”

Objective of your program area: Look for the next- what necessity they have, not just for us but for all those who have great needs.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

Look for the people in most need- there are many but to see them and to continue helping the community.

Director Of The Womens Center

Full Name and Preferred Name: Francisca Ajcibinac Cocón (Guicha)

How did you come to know that Mission: I came to the Mission when I was 15 years old when my siblings and I left the finca to live in Casa Feliz. A few months later I started working at the Mission in the kitchen. I worked there for 11 years until I got married.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg: From the moment I met him he opened his heart to me. This is a message I remember from him- to open our hearts and share with others.

Objective of your program area: To share our knowledge with other women so that they have more opportunities in their lives and make more progress.

How do you see your program in the next two years/goals for the next two years?

To outline goals and have a vision for the women so that they can find and realize/achieve their dreams working with different artisanal goods.


Director Of The School

Full Name and Preferred Name: Sandra Patricia Quiacain Bocel  (Paty Quiacain)

How did you come to know the Mission?:

I came to know the Mission 14 years ago when profesor Hector de Leon was the director. He came the the opportunity to exercise my profession in a very prestigious establishment, with the good visión of Fr. Greg as its base. I was a teacher in 4th grade for 9 years and 1st grade for 5 years.

Favorite phrase or message from Fr. Greg:

Education is the development and growth of a country.

The children are what give me motivation and happiness to continue with my projects.

Objective of your program area:

To offer an effective and efficient education, in search of a quality education. To have a high academic level with principles as well as moral and spirituality values based on the guidelines of the Ministry of Education.