AFJN welcomes its new executive director in the person of Fr. Rocco Puopolo, a Xaverian Missionary. Originally from Norwood, Massachusetts, Rocco was ordained in 1977 and has since ministered extensively in Sierra Leone as well as in the US Midwest. During his twelve years in Sierra Leone he was involved in high school teaching, village evangelization and development, administration of diocesan schools as well as various youth chaplaincy responsibilities. In his final assignment in Sierra Leone he worked as director of the National Pastoral Center in Kenema. In the United States, Rocco has done both seminary training, youth retreats and advocacy work in Milwaukee, Chicago and Washington, DC. While in Chicago he worked with Archdiocesan Muslim/Christian Dialogue groups. On leave from Sierra Leone in 1997, he offered his time and experience of the war to AFJN and spent substantial time in DC advocating for a just and fair approach to the conflict there. The main issues addressed through Rocco’s advocacy were the situation of child soldiers, the drug trade, the small arms trade and the diamond trade. He holds a Masters of Divinity in Cross Cultural Ministry from Catholic Theological Union.