A week at Songhai Center, Porto Novo, Benin
July 13-20, 2016:
Bob and Macky Johnson: a week visiting Uganda and BLI
July 27 – August 9, 2016:
Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope to Uganda and Rwanda
Hello all, I am back from my blog hiatus. This is the first of a series of updates since last year.
June 8, 2016:
10th Anniversary of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, honoring the co-founders, Chris and Emmanuel.
June 10, 2016:
Speaking at the CTSA plenary in San Juan Puerto Rico, responding to Margaret Farley. Read my plenary address.
June 17, 2016:
Plenary Keynote address at the American Society of Missiology Annual Meeting, St. Paul Mn. Read my address on “Field Hospital”.
As my time here at Duke comes to an end – I leave for South Bend, Indiana on December 3, I have been doing a lot of remembering and saying a lot of farewells. The last twelve years at Duke and in North Carolina have been filled with many gifts as well as opportunities for learning, leadership and growth. I am particularly reminded and humbled by the gift of so many rich and deep friendships, reflected in some of the sentiments below:
“Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our spirits have trouble remembering how to fly.”
Farewell card from the Duke Center For Reconciliation Board
Greg Jones, Dean Emeritus, Duke Divinity School. Read his essay on friendship in Fatith and Leadership.
“Through unlikely friendships God stretches, expands, and even confuses the sense of who “my people” are, so as to create a ‘new we’ in the world.”
Emmanuel Katongole in farewell sermon at Duke on Nov 13, 2012. Read the sermon, “A New We. On Being Some Kind of Catholic.
You might also want to check out my essay Mission and the Ephesian Moment of World Christianity in the recent issue of Mission Studies in which I note, “The era of World Christianity creates an opportunity for Christians scattered around the world to live into a new Ephesian Moment – new friendshisps and a new sense of communion and ways of belonging that cut across and interrupt the neat geopolitical divisions of our current modes of community.”
With gratitude for your friendship and wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.
On June 30, 2012, I celebrated, together with my five classmates, the 25th anniversary of our ordination to the priesthood. It was a truly amazing celebration held at Gaba near Kampala, with close to 2000 people attending. Check out Album
In a four day retreat before the anniversary, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who directed the retreat, reminded us of the unique gift of priestly ministry – the invitation to friendship with God: “I do no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my father.” (Jn 15:15).
From a personal point of view, I have in the last twenty five years experienced this gift (of God’s friendship) in an extraordinary way, and tried, in less than perfect ways to be sure, to respond to it.
Read my reflection on the journey of the last 25 years: Fr katongole Anniversary Journey
You have not heard or read from me in a while, the reason being I have been on sabbatical! Now as I come to the end of my sabbatical and my tenure here at Notre Dame as fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies http://kroc.nd.edu/facultystaff/2011visiting-fellows I look back with gratitude, for what has been a true gift of rest, renewal and of ‘lift your eyes and see’ (Is 40: 26). I have a lot to be grateful for – some highlights:
Twelve days of travel in China — with my friends Jeff and Angie Goh (from our Leuven days ) and Angie’s brother Dennis and his wife, Margaret. A friend had half jokingly told me that all roads these days lead to China. I was able to see and experience why. China’s economic transformation, relentless energy and obvious determination to live into the destiny of its name – China – or “middle kingdom” (translation: center of the world) is both astounding and scary as well!
With much love and prayers