Priest from Uganda to be first Gerber lecturer at Newman University

The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University will present Emmanuel Katongole, a Roman Catholic priest from Malube, Uganda, in the inaugural Bishop Gerber Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus in Wichita.

The lecture is the first in what is to be an annual lecture named in honor of the Most Rev. Eugene Gerber, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of Katongole’s lecture is “Reconciliation: A Fresh Gift and Vision of Hope in a Broken World.”

Katongole is co-director and senior strategist of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. The center was founded in 2005 with a mission to inspire, form, and support leaders, communities, and congregations to think, feel, and live as ambassadors of reconciliation.

Katongole was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1987 by the Kampala Archidocese. During the past 25 years he has served in parishes in Africa, Belgium, and the United States. His teaching and research interests cover a range of issues related to global Christianity and to the interconnections between Christianity, politics and violence in Africa. He examines the role of stories in the formation of political identity, the dynamics of social memory, and the nature and role of Christian imagination.