Welcome to my personal website, Gaudium Mundi (Joy of the World).
My name is Ashley Evans and I am an Irish Jesuit priest on mission in the education sector of Cambodia for the last twenty-five years. The primary purpose of this website is to pool information on my experience of education in Cambodia and to share reflections on the challenges it is facing.
I am trying to follow the good example of my compatriot, Tony O’Riordan, who has developed a personal website to communicate about his work among the refugees in South Sudan.
The Jesuit Mission in Cambodia is coordinated by the Korea Province of the Society of Jesus and so I am “applied” to the Korea Province. In the photo above, you can see standing at the back the Delegate of the Korean Provincial for the Cambodian Mission. Beside him you can see the Khmer Program Manager and in front is the Japanese Provincial who came to visit our new education project in its earliest days in 2014.
Before starting this new project in Sisophon, I taught Mathematics and Philosophy in Khmer to large numbers of Cambodian students at the Royal University of Phnom Penh for over twenty years. I have also accompanied many scholarship students of the Catholic Student Centre of Phnom Penh on their various formation journeys across all disciplines.
Latterly, I have been responsible for launching the Xavier Jesuit School project in Banteay Meanchey province.