The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III

Book Launch
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Presentation

Veteran journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika of the Chicago Sun-Times joins Stan Chu Ilo of DePaul's Catholic Studies Department and two other contributing authors of The Church We Want for a discussion of this new book, which introduces the current trends and vital issues in contemporary African theological scholarship—and its contribution to the world.

Edited by A. E. Orobator, SJ, the book is the result of a colloquium that was held in Africa between 2013 and 2016 and brought together 60 participants from a broad spectrum of African regions and cultures: English-, French-, and Portuguese-speaking, men and women, from North and sub-Saharan as well as East and West Africa.

A second book about Africa—HIV and AIDS in Africa: Christian Reflection, Public Health, Social Transformation, edited by Jacquineau Azetsop—will also be woven into the evening's discussion by Joseph Healey, MM, who is a contributing author to both books.


Joseph G. Healey, MM, is a Maryknoll missionary priest from the U.S. living in Nairobi, Kenya, where he teaches at Tangaza University College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Don Bosco Salesian Theological College.

Stan Chu Ilo, originally from Nigeria, is a CWCIT research professor and assistant professor of Catholic studies at DePaul, where his teaching includes courses on world Christianity and African Catholicism.

Maudlyne Ihejirika is a Chicago Sun-Times urban affairs reporter and assistant city editor whose numerous honors include the 2016 Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award, the 2015 Studs Terkel Award, and the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award.


Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.


Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30pm

DePaul Student Center, 314B 2320 N. Sheffield Ave.

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