African Regional Committee

Below are the members of the African Regional Committee. PIease follow the links to each member's forum author page.

Elias Omondi Opongo (Kenya), Chair

Elias Omondi OpongoElias Omondi Opongo is a Jesuit priest from Kenya and the director of Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations. He holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of Bradford, UK and MA in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame, USA.  Besides publishing several articles, he has published three books: Peace Weavers: Methodologies of Peacebuilding in Africa (2008); Faith Doing Justice: A Manual for Social Analysis, Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice (2007); and Making Choices for Peace (2006). All by Paulines Publications Africa, Nairobi. Send a message.


 Peter Knox (Kenya)

Peter KnoxPeter Knox, SJ is a native of Johannesburg in South Africa. Previous incarnations have seen him as a university chaplain, as a member of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa and as a teacher of systematic theology at St Augustine College in Johannesburg as well as St John Vianney Seminary in Pretoria. Since January 2013 he has been teaching systematic theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Hekima University College, Nairobi. His doctoral work was on AIDS and African religion. However now, when he has a break from administrative duties at Hekima, he likes to work on environmental ethics. Apart from scientific papers on Laudato Si' he has published a series of popular-level articles relating the encyclical to daily experience in Africa, making the encyclical even more accessible. In 2016 he collaborated in editing a pastoral digest of Amoris Laetitia. Send a message.


Ojo Bolanle Bimbo (Nigeria)

Sr. Ojo Bolanle BimboSr. Dr. Anthonia Bolanle B. Ojo is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Michael the Archangel. Sr. Ojo had her religious formation in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Michael the Archangel between 1991 and 1994, and made her first and final profession of vows in the same congregation in the years 1994 and 2000 respectively. She received her first degree in Theology (B. Th) in 2004, and a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology (M. Th) in 2011 at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In 2006, she obtained a Diploma in Education (PGD. E) in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. She also obtained Doctorate Degree in Moral Theology with specialization in Social Ethics from the Catholic Institute of West Africa with the assistance of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC). In 2015, Sr. Anthonia proceeded to Boston College in Massachusetts in the United States for her Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the assistance of the same Organization. Sr. Ojo is a lecturer in the Department of Moral Theology at Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Send a message.


Léocadie Lushombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Leocadie LushomboLéocadie Lushombo is from the Democratic Republic of Congo who is doing her Ph.D in Theological Ethics at Boston College. Prior to her current studies, she completed her Master in Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and in Sustainable Development at the Universidad Pontificio Comillas in Madrid. She has worked as a Consultant-Trainer in Organizational Development and Institutional Management Renforcement regarding issues of degradation of environment, gender, and political rights in the perspective of Governance, Gender, and affordable housing programs in the DRC, Cameroon, and Peru. She published four articles: 1. Christological Foundations for Political Participation: Women in the Global South Building Agency as Risen Beings. 2. Impact of Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo on/and Climate Change: An Ethical Analysis in Light of Laudato Si’ 3. The Contribution of Jacques Maritain on Political Participation of Christiansin the Temporal World. 4. "L'enseignement social de l'Eglise Catholique et la lutte contre la pauvreté des femmes" (Catholic Social Teaching and Women in Poverty) and one letter "The Land of Gold and Blood: Congo suffers from the paradox of mineral wealth and human poverty." Send a message.


Anne Arabome (Nigeria)

Anne Arabome, S.S.S.

Anne Arabome is a member of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles, CA. She received her training in Ignatian Spirituality at St. Bueno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Wales, UK. Anne is a firm believer in the transformative and renewing power of the Spiritual Exercises and has accompanied people of all walks of life in various settings, including hospital and youth chaplaincy and an internship in L'Arche Community. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in spirituality and is completing a doctorate in systematic theology at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. She is co-founder of Wellspring Africa, an affilitate with WORKS IN NEW DIRECTIONS, a non-profit corporation that operates under the asupices of the Sisters of Social Service. Wellspring assists young African women who live in poverty to move forward with their lives through education and life guidance. Send a message.

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