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Theologians gather to discuss ‘Africae Munus, Ten Years Later’

Africae Munus Ten Years Later
November 4-6, 2021, Mundelein Seminary

Co-organized by Maurice Agbaw-Ebai and Matthew Levering
Sponsored by the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa and the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Theology, and Doctrine at Mundelein Seminary

Scheduled speakers: Paulinus Odozor of the University of Notre Dame, Joseph Ogbonnaya of Marquette University, Ken Amadi of the University of Notre Dame, Joachim Ozonze of the University of Notre Dame, Maurice Agbaw-Ebai of Boston College/Saint John’s Seminary and Director of the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa, Valery Akoh from Atlanta Georgia, Andrew Kim of Marquette University, Denis Tameh of Catholic University of America, Andrew Hofer OP of the Dominican House of Studies, Paul Adaja of Loyola Chicago, Joseph Lugalambi of Ave Maria University, Emery de Gaál of Mundelein Seminary, and Dennis Kasule of Mundelein Seminary


Thursday November 4

7:00 PM-8:30 PM KEYNOTE — Paulinus Odozor (University of Notre Dame): “Africae Munus as Christian Policy Statement for an African Renaissance”

Friday November 5

9:00-9:50 AM — Joseph Ogbonnaya (Marquette University): “Theopraxis of Africae Munus and Theological Anthropology of Fratelli Tutti: Challenges for Nigeria”

10:00-10:50 AM — Ken Amadi (University of Notre Dame): “Ritual Failure and the Sacramentality of Reconciliation in Africa”

11:00-11:50 AM — Joachim Ozonze (University of Notre Dame): “‘Who is my mother, my brother, and my sister?’ Africae Munus and the Church’s Mission of Opening the Boundaries of Ethnicity”

1:30-2:20 PM — Maurice Agbaw-Ebai (Boston College/Saint John’s Seminary): “Ratzinger and the Theology of Communion in Africae Munus”

2:30-3:20 PM — Valery Akoh (Atlanta, GA): “The Ministry and Dignity of Catechists: Cardinal Sarah in Dialogue with Africae Munus”

3:40-4:30 PM — Andrew Kim (Marquette University): “The Dignity and Treatment of the Elderly”

4:40-5:30 PM — Denis Tameh (Catholic University of America) – “Justice, Africae Munus’s Clarion Call: A Canon Law Perspective”

Saturday, November 6th

9:00-9:50 AM — Andrew Hofer OP (Dominican House of Studies): “Augustinus Afer: In Service to Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace”

10:00-10:50 AM — Paul Adaja (Loyola Chicago): “The Victim, The Robbers, and The Neighbor in Luke 10: 25–37: A Humanizing Biblical Scholarship in the Light of Africae Munus 9”

11:00-11:50 AM — Joseph Lugalambi (Ave Maria University): “Africae Munus in the Works Fr. Benedict Ssetuuma Jr.”

1:30-2:20 PM — Tegha Nji (University of Notre Dame): “Africae Munus in the Light of Prophetic Praxis: A Liberation Theology for Africa?”

2:30-3:20 PM — Emery de Gaál (Mundelein Seminary): “Bishop Barthélémy Adoukonou (1942- ) – A Brief Portrait”

3:40-4:30 PM — Dennis Kasule (Mundelein Seminary): “Africae Munus and the Challenge of a Political Pentecostalism”