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Assistant Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish (Frankenthal, Germany)Visiting Professor, Catholic University of West Africa (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)
Originally from Togo, Fr. Léonard Katchekpele holds ThM degrees in canon law and theological ethics, as well as a PhD in Catholic theology from the University of Strasbourg. His dissertation was titled "The Political Challenges of the Church in Africa" and received the university's 2015 Prix de la Fondation for the best dissertation in the social sciences. His research and teaching interests include political theology; theology and postscolonial theory; ethics, politics, and violence after René Girard; and African theology. In French, Fr. Katchekpele has published
Director, Center for Studies & Training for Development (N'Djamena, Chad)
A Jesuit priest from Cameroon, Fr. Ludovic Lado holds a doctorate in social and cultural anthropology from Oxford University, UK. He specializes in the anthropology of religion, focusing on current trends in African Catholicism. Currently, he serves as director of both the Centre d'Etude et de Formation pour le Développement (CEFOD—Center for Studies & Training for Devleopment) and of the CEFOD Business School in N'Djamena, Chad. His publications include several journal articles as well as Catholic Pentecostalism and the Paradoxes of Africanization (Brill, 2009) and, in French, Le pluralisme religieux en Afrique (Yaoundé: Catholic University of Central Africa Press, 2013). He is currently working on two book manuscripts:
Research while at CWCIT ~ Fr. Lado's CWCIT research project is titled “Towards an Anthropology of African Catholicism" and furthered his ongoing research on the relationship between social sciences and African Catholicism.
PhD candidate, St. Vincent School of Theology (Manila, Philippines) Lecturer, Bina Nusantara University (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Research while at CWCITPetrus Lakonawa's CWCIT research focuses on the metaphor of rechem (womb), the root metaphor of Mother (Shekinah, Lady Wisdom, Hokmah, Sophia), and the concept of rachamim (mercy and compassion) in talking about the relational with God. His exploration revolves around the issues of feminist symbols, analogies, and metaphors in theological discourses to promote more inclusive and emancipatory God-talks, positive regard for woman, body, and ecology as well as to inspire a more compassionate and egalitarian world.
Associate Professor of EnglishUniversity of Burundi
Dr. Hammes' research project while at CWCIT is titled “A Spirit Christology of Peace and Nonviolence in the Discipleship of Jesus," and his publications in Portuguese include
Emeritus Professor, Study of ReligionsSchool of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS)University of London(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Dr. Gifford's research project while at CWCIT Is titled “African—or Public—Theology?," and his publications include
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Ruben Mendoza (Winter/Spring 2020)Professor of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University(Manila, Philippines)
Research project: "Navigating Religious Identity in the Currents of Mission: The Case of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo"
Jeane Peracullo (Fall 2019)
Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, De La Salle University(Manila, Philippines)
Research project: "The Virgin of the Vulnerable Lake: Religious Engagements with Climate Change in the Philippines"
Research Professor of Theology, Pontifical Catholic University of ArgentinaResearch Professor of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Research project: Titled "Populism in Today's Theology and Politics"
Chair and Professor of Sacred Liturgy, Catholic Insititue of West Africa (CIWA)(Port Harcourt, Nigeria)Research project: "Liturgy for the Church as a Field Hospital"
PhD candidate, Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya)Dissertation topic: "Faith and Environmental Adaptation in Kenya: The Case of Christian Impact Mission in Yatta Constituency"
PhD candidate, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)Dissertation topic: "Transforming Christology: Towards a Socially Transformative Christopraxis from the Grassroots Christological (Re)Imagination in the African Context"
Lecturer and researcher, Institut Catholique Missionnaire d'Abidjan(Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)Research project: Exploring a theology of wealth and security which we can promote In today's global context of violence and insecurity, in order to guarantee the peaceful coexistence of societies
Associate Professor of Theology; Leo & Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social ConcernsUniversity of Notre DameResearch project: Drawing connections between Africa's past role in the early Church and its present and future importance, and exploring what its growing role means for the Church on a global level
Professor of Theology & Chair of Spiritual Theology, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires) Research project: Using fieldwork and qualitative research (i.e., personal interviews and real-life conversations) in the study of theology
Professor of Theology, St. Vincent School of Theology (Manila)Chair of Board of Trustees, Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines
Research project: Exploring the Church as "one" in Southeast Asia from an intercultural perspective
Assistant Professor in Theology, University of Holy Cross (New Orleans) Research project: An intercultural theological reflection on racism and the Catholic Church
Thomas E. Chambers Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Holy Cross (New Orleans) Research project: Tracing the historical developments of Christological images as the source of evangelization of new cultures, with a focus on the global South
Professor of Moral & African Theology, Hekima Jesuit School of Theology and Tangaza University College (Nairobi) Research project: Jesus as "healer" for the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and the embodiment of the African worldview of ongoing healing and life's flourishing
PhD candidate, Theological EthicsSt. Vincent School of Theology, Adamson University (Manila)
PhD candidate, Systematic TheologySt. Vincent School of Theology, Adamson University (Manila)
Dean & Professor, St. Vincent School of Theology, Adamson University (Manila)Research project: "Doing Theology in a Garbage Dump: The 'Rough Grounds' & Theological Method"
Emmanuel Katongole Associate Professor of Theology & Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame Research project: "Born of Lament: The Gift & Discipline of Hope in Africa"
Chair & Professor of History, Universidade Salgado de Oliveira (Niterói, Brazil) Research project: "Liberation Theology Celebrates St. Francis: The Poverello of Assisi According to Leonardo Boff"
Maria Clara Lucchetti BingemerRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil