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Joseph Ratzinger and the Future of African Theology (updated with schedule)

October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019


Conference Overview

The goal of the conference is to reflect appreciatively on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/ Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI, and to identify particular areas where an aspect of his theology might contribute fruitfully to the future of African theological work.

October 17-19 2019 at Mundelein Seminary

Co-organized by Maurice Ashley Agbaw-Ebai and Matthew Levering


The Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine of Saint Mary’s University of the Lake, and the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa.


The University of St. Mary of the Lake is located at 1000 E. Maple Avenue in the town of Mundelein, IL, approximately four miles west of Interstate 94. The closest airport is O’Hare International Airport, which is about 28 miles south of USML.

The Purple Lot is designated for all visitor parking and is conveniently located next to the Welcome Center/Refectory, where there are plenty of restrooms and drinking fountains.


Thursday October 17

7:00-8:15 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS:   Paulinus Odozor (University of Notre Dame): “One and the Same?: Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and African Theologians on God and God Language in African Christian Theology”

8:30 PM Wine and Cheese Social at the Conference Center

Friday October 18

9:05-9:55 AM   Paul Adaja (Loyola University Chicago): “Catholic Theology in 21st Century Africa in the Light of the primacy of the Logos in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger”

10:05-10:55 AM   Valery Akoh (STL, University of St. Mary of the Lake) and Tegha A. Nji (Jesuit School of Theology): “The African Understanding of Solidarity and the Ratzingerian Concept of Pro-Existence”

11:05-11:55 AM   Mary Reginald Anibueze (Berea College): “Benedict XVI and Socio-Communitarian Eucharistic Exigencies: Impact on African and Global Catholicism”

Noon – 1 PM Lunch at the Refectory

1:05-1:55 PM   Maurice Ashley Agbaw-Ebai (Boston College): “Joseph Ratzinger’s Theological Reading of Political Power: Relevance for the Continent of Africa in the 21st Century”

2:05-2:55 PM   Christopher Collins SJ (St Louis University): “Joseph Ratzinger’s Confidence in Salvation History”

3 – 3:30 PM Coffee and Sodas

3:35-4:25 PM   Emery de Gaal (Mundelein Seminary): “Ratzinger on Christ and In-/Enculturation”

4:35-5:25 PM    Dennis Kasule (Mundelein Seminary): “Benedict XVI and the New Evangelization in Africa”

5:30 PM   Conference Dinner at Local Restaurant

Saturday October 19

Breakfast at the Refectory

9:35-10:25 AM   Joseph Lugalambi (Ave Maria University): “Lex Orandi Lex Credendi: Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on African Liturgy”

10:35-11:25 AM   Joseph Ogbonnaya (Marquette University): “Caritas in Veritate and the Challenges to Political Economy of Africa: The Case of Nigeria”

11:35-12:25 PM  Jacob Phillips (St Mary’s, England): “Ratzinger’s Interculturality in the writings of Cardinal Sarah”

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

2:05-2:55 PM   Aaron Pidel SJ (Marquette University): “Cross-cultural Biblical Ethics: Ratzinger on the Indissolubility of Marriage”


October 17, 2019
October 19, 2019
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Mundelein Seminary
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060 United States
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