About the series About the lecturer Venues and Dates Registration

About the series

Winter Living Theology 2018 is brought to you by The Jesuit Institute South Africa, The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Lenten Appeal (SACBC) and Fordham University, New York. The series, now in its 12th year, seeks to bring international experts to South Africa to lecture on an array of topics relevant to the contexts of the South African Church and wider South African society.

This year, in keeping with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference 2016 Pastoral Letter: A Call to Overcome Racism and this year’s Lenten theme, we are pleased to have Fr Bryan Massingale, an esteemed US scholar engaging particularly with issues surrounding Racial Justice and especially the response demanded of people of faith in confronting racism in all its forms, is our lecturer for this year’s series which will take place across South Africa this June and July.

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About the lecturer

Fr Bryan N. Massingale, PhD, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and holds the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Ethics at Fordham University in New York, where he is Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and also Senior Ethics Fellow at the Fordham Center for Ethics Education.

Fr Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics, past convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, one of the premier Catholic journals of theology. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Theology and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. In 2009, he received the highest Award for Teaching Excellence at Marquette University.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Fr Massingale strives to be a scholar-activist through serving faith-based groups advancing justice in society. He is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities across the USA. He has served as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, providing theological reflection on issues such as criminal justice, capital punishment, environmental justice, and affirmative action.

His contributions to justice advocacy have been recognized on many occasions. He received the Pope John XXIII Award from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests in 2017, “for his tireless efforts to create a world where the dignity of each person is respected and protected.” He received Catholic Charities USA’s “Centennial Gold Medal” in 2012 for leadership and service in the social mission of the Roman Catholic Church. He was honoured with the YWCA’s “Eliminating Racism” Award in 2014 and Project Equality’s “Religious Momentum” Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the Catholic Church. Furthermore, he has received numerous recognitions from the Catholic Press Association for award-winning commentaries on contemporary social issues from a faith perspective.

Fr Massingale’s Writings on Racial Justice

His book

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
Orbis Books 2010

Confronting racism is difficult but essential work if we are to heal the brokenness in our society and our church. In the author’s words, “We all are wounded by the sin of racism… How can we struggle together against an evil that harms us all?” Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used–and not used–to promote reconciliation and justice.
Massingale writes from an abiding conviction that the Catholic faith and the black experience make essential contributions in the continuing struggle against racial injustice that is the work of all people. His book is essential reading for all those concerned with justice and healing in our world.


Online articles

Ignorance indifference and fear fuel racismSpotlight.Africa
How Martin Luther King Jr.’s prayer life moved him to act for justice – Spotlight.Africa
Racism is a sickness of the soul. Can Jesuit spirituality help us heal? – America Magazine


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Venues and Dates

26-28 June 2018 at Lumko Institute, Benoni

Port Elizabeth
3-5 July 2018 at St Luke’s Retreat and Conference Centre

10-12 July 2018 at Parish of St Joseph Catholic Church, Morningside

Cape Town
17-18 July 2018 at St Francis Xavier Seminary, Barmania Road, Athlone, Cape Town, 7760



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Please send your proof of payment in an email to wlt@jesuitinstitute.org.za to register for the series taking place in your city and to enquire about pricing.

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