New Center for Spiritan Studies Director Named at Duquesne
The Rev. James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp., will assume duties as the new director of the Center for Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University, effective July 1. Inaugurated in September 2005, the center is charged with furthering and facilitating research into Spiritan (the order that founded Duquesne) history, spirituality and intellectual traditions.
Okoye is noted for his leadership in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and the Church as well as for his scholarly work. He served as the provincial superior of the Spiritans in Nigeria from 1981-85 and as the general assistant of the congregation from 1986-91. He replaces the Rev. Bernard Kelly, C.S.Sp., who served as the center's interim director.
Currently, Okoye is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P. Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. The largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the nation, the CTU prepares members of religious orders and laity for service in ministry around the world.
Okoye's research focuses on the interconnectedness of the word of God and culture, not only in the Bible but also as expressed through tradition and in modern life. He is the author ofIsrael and Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament and At Home With the Word 2006: Sunday Scriptures and Scripture Insights. His work has also been published in The Bible Today and New Theology Review.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.