In 1984 the regional ecclesiastical authority known as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) founded the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA) to provide education in Sacred Theology to the AMECEA region which today comprises the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The Institute was authorized by the Congregation for Catholic Education to offer two year Licentiate programmes in Theology on 2nd May 1984 and officially inaugurated on 3rd September 1984 by Rt. Rev. Bishop Medardo Mazombwe, the then Chairman of AMECEA. One year later it was formally opened by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 18th August 1985.
With its formal erection on 6th March 2000, the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa became the Faculty of Theology of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The Faculty of Theology of the CUEA is under the direction of the Holy See, governed by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia christiana and grants ecclesiastical degrees.
- The Faculty has continued close collaboration with the Congregation for Catholic Education – Rome.
- The Faculty produces competent, productive and innovative graduates for the Church and Society. Some are employed in Church institutions, seminaries and houses of formation.
- The Faculty attracts students from AMECEA region and beyond.
- The Faculty has continued its tradition of quality research and publishing through the Faculty Journal, African Christian Studies. The journal attracts researchers from within and outside the Faculty and CUEA.
- Students have researched, in their projects/theses/dissertations, on topical issues challenging AMECEA and beyond.
- Faculty members actively participate in conferences, seminars, public lectures and workshops in and outside CUEA.
- Faculty members are involved in community service in and outside CUEA. They facilitate pastoral, academic and spiritual activities.
- The Faculty has continued to publish quality books under the series, Studies in African Christian Theology through Rev. Prof. Emeritus Charles Nyamiti.
- Faculty Interdisciplinary Session is held every year and proceedings are published.
- Faculty Scholarship Fund: Established to assist needy students within the Faculty.
The Faculty enjoys the services of a modern Learning Resource Centre of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa which offers modern facilities in Research Teaching and Community Service.
Uniqueness of the programme
The Faculty of Theology of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is aware of its aim of profoundly studying and systematically explaining, according to the scientific method proper to it, Catholic doctrine, derived with the greatest care from divine revelation; and of carefully seeking solution to human problems in the light of that same revelation (Cf. Sap Chr Art.66.)
It recognizes its duty to assist the local Churches in the challenging dialogue between faith and culture, between the Church and human society, between the Kingdom of God and the temporal realities through which the human family moves towards its final destiny. It has a role to play in implementing for Eastern Africa the dynamism of the Second Vatican Council. It has taken note of new developments since the approval of the Statutes of the Faculty of Theology by the Congregation for Catholic Education (Cf. Prot.N.279/81/E/107.)