Fr. Ignasius Joko Purnomo, O.Carm. was born in Curahjati, Banyuwangi on July 31, 1967. Upon finishing his minor seminary at Seminarium Marianum Malang, he joined the Carmelite Order and entered the novitiate on July 31, 1987. He had his first profession on July 9, 1989. Six years after that he had his solemn profession on August 15, 1995. He was, then, ordained on October 3, 1996. After his ordination he served in different parishes in North Sumatra: Sidikalang (1996 – 1999, 2001 – 2004), Kisaran (1999 – 2001), and the parish of Our Lady of Carmel, Jakarta (2004 – 2007). He was elected as the vice provincial in the 2006 chapter. In the two following chapters he was elected as the provincial. At present time he lives in Giripurno Carmelite community in Batu.