Africa's Contributions to the Catholic Church: Past, Present and Future

Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC

presented by Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC

Tuesday, February 13 at 7:15pm
Bauccio Commons Dining Room
Free and open to all

Africa today represents one the most vital places of growth in the Catholic Church. Such significance is not unprecedented, since northern Africa was one of the heartlands of Christianity in its first six centuries. In his talk, Fr. Kollman will consider these questions: First, what connections, if any, exist between the past centrality of Africa to the church and its present and future importance? And second, what does Africa's growing role mean for the Catholic Church in a global perspective?

Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC, is Associate Professor of Theology and Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. He has also taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and the Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, and was previously a fellow of the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame and a Lilly Fellow for Theological Education at the University of Chicago. His published work includes The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa, and he is currently working on a book on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa.

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