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The good Sheperd: new journal of Pastoral Theology

Monday 18 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Nairobi, April, 18th, 2016 (AMECEA). On April 8th, the department of Pastoral Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) launched its first journal of Pastoral Theology: the Good Shepherd.

Rev. Dr. Nicholaus Segeja, the current head of Pastoral Theology at the University said that the idea of publishing a journal was conceived a long time ago and he was glad that it has become a reality.

“The mandate of the department of Pastoral Theology is to do research and publication, as well as teach and serve in the community,” said Fr. Segeja

He explained that the department also needs to collaborate in evaluating and proposing pastoral programmes of common interest specifically in the local churches, in the parishes, pastoral institutes and centres, seminaries and formation centres.

“Because of its nature and mandate which is in line with the current CUEA Strategic Development Plan, and considering the needs of pastoral and theological research due to contemporary challenges that call for pastoral collaborations and networking in AMECEA Region and beyond, the department saw that the launching of The Good Shepherd journal suffices as a necessity,” he said.

Among the topics covered in the issue number one, we find Socio-Pastoral Analysis and Social Sciences Research Methodologies: Areas of Convergence and Divergence authored by Rev. Dr. Segeja; From Pastoral to Practical Theology authored by Msgr. Rodrigo Mejía Saldarriaga, SJ; Doing Quality Pastoral Theology Research in African Context authored by Rev. Prof. Peter Ignatius Gichure; Pastoral Methodological Considerations: Guidelines for Writing Research works, authored by Rev. Jim Kanakulia and Rev. Dr. Segeja.

Other topics covered include Applying Personality Virtue Ethics to Pastoral Theology authored by Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Wabanhu and finally Evangelii Guadium and the Church as family of God, authored by Rev. Dr. Jordan Nyenyembe.

Fr. Segeja said that the successful publication and the launch of the Good Shepherd Journal is an indication of more publications in the pipeline that the department is working on. He said that plans are underway to publish more research works done by the institution which aim at providing the much needed information to the Church and community in General.

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