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faculty of Theology

Introduction

The CUEA Faculty of Theology is under the direction of the Holy See, governed by the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium and grants ecclesiastical degrees. The Faculty collaborates closely with the Congregation for Catholic Education – Rome, producing innovative graduates for the Church and Society. The graduates are employed in Church institutions, seminaries and houses of formation. The Faculty which attracts students from AMECEA region and beyond 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 Faculty members actively participate in conferences, seminars, public lectures and workshops in and outside the University. The Faculty has also published quality books under the series, Studies in African Christian Theology. The Faculty Interdisciplinary Theological Session is held every year and proceedings are published.

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Rev. Prof. Richard N. Rwiza
Email: dean_theology@cuea.edu
Call: 0709691201

About the dean

He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania. He holds a Doctorate (STD) in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2003); Masters in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven (1998); Licentiate in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya (1992); Advanced Diploma in Theology from St. Paul’s Senior Seminary – Tabora, Tanzania. He is a Moral Theologian whose research and teaching spheres include: Social Teaching of the Church, Nature and Research in Moral Theology, Bioethics, Living and Promoting Justice and Peace, Ethics of Human Rights, and Ecological Ethics. He has a notable interest in African Theology. He has supervised ten (10) doctoral dissertations and thirty-seven (37) licentiate theses. Rev. Prof. Rwiza was a Visiting Professor Fellow in the Jesuit Institute, Boston College, USA (August – December 2019). He was a visiting scholar and affiliate staff in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland (2016/2017).

Rev. Prof. Rwiza has an enormous combination of pastoral and academic experience. He has a considerable amount of publications, including 3 books and over 20 book chapters, and various articles published in several international and local peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Rwiza is a renowned author of a unique work: Ethics of Human Rights: The African Contribution. This publication goes to the root of human rights in the African context in a refreshing manner. It captures the views of some of the original thinkers on the concept, who have been completely ignored in the mainstream human rights discourse. His recent work is, Environmental Ethics in the African Context, This remarkable contribution continues to fill an existing gap in the literature taught in applied ethics courses in the African and Christian contexts. Rev. Prof. Rwiza is a member of various professional organizations, including Catholic Theologian Ethics in the World Church, Association of African Theologians (AAT/ATA), Globethics.net. He has also periodically served as Secretary-General of the Archdiocese of Arusha (2003-2007) and Head of Department of Moral Theology (2008-2017). 

Certificate & Diploma
-Diploma in Theology
Undergraduate
-Bachelor of Theology
-Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology
Postgraduate
Master of Theology with specialization in;
-Biblical Theology
-Dogmatic Theology
-Spiritual Theology
-Pastoral Theology
-Moral Theology
-Sacred Liturgy
Licentiate in Sacred Theology with specialization in;
-Biblical Theology
-Dogmatic Theology
-Moral Theology
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology with a specialization in;
-Biblical Theology
-Dogmatic Theology
-Spiritual Theology
-Pastoral Theology
-Moral Theology
-Sacred Liturgy
Doctorate in Sacred Theology with specialization in;
-Biblical Theology
-Dogmatic Theology
-Moral Theology
  1. The Faculty has continued close collaboration with the Congregation for Catholic Education – Rome.
  2. The Faculty produces competent, productive and innovative graduates for the Church and Society. Some are employed in Church institutions, seminaries and houses of formation.
  3. The Faculty attracts students from the AMECEA region and beyond.
  4. 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.
  5. Students have researched, in their projects/theses/dissertations, on topical issues challenging AMECEA and beyond.
  6. Faculty members actively participate in conferences, seminars, public lectures and workshops in and outside CUEA.
  7. Faculty members are involved in community service in and outside CUEA. They facilitate pastoral, academic and spiritual activities.
  8. The Faculty has continued to publish quality books under the series, Studies in African Christian Theology through Rev. Prof. Emeritus Charles Nyamiti.
  9. Faculty Interdisciplinary Session is held every year and proceedings are published.
  10. 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.

  1. Faces of African Theology (2003)
  2. Theological Challenges of HIV/AIDS to Eastern Africa (2006)
  3. A Theological Response to the Tragedy of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. Published (2007)
  4. The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace (2008)
  5. Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Saint Paul (2009)
  6. “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest” 150 years of St. John Marie Vianney (2010)
  7. The Faculty of Theology of CUEA Celebrates the Golden Jubilee of AMECEA (2011)
  8. The Faculty of Theology of CUEA Celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Convocation of Vatican II (1962-2012) (2012)
  9. A Guide to Research Work and University Studies for the Faculty of Theology (2013)
  10. Search for New Paradigms for Evangelisation in the 21st Century (2013)
  1. Studies in Africa Christian Theology: Volume One, Jesus Christ,
  2. The Ancestor of Humankind: Methodological and Trinitarian Foundations (2005),
  3. Studies in African Christian Theology: Volume Two,
  4. Christ, the Ancestor of Humankind: An Essay on African Christology (2006),
  5. Studies in African Christian Theology: Volume Three,
  6. Some Contemporary Models of African Ecclesiology: A Critical Assessment in the Light of Biblical and Church Teaching (2007),
  7. Studies in African Christian Theology: Volume Four,
  8. Christ’s Ancestral Mediation.

The 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 solutions 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.)

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