International Journal of African Catholicism

Founded in 2009, the International Journal of African Catholicism (IJAC) is an ecumenical, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal that promotes discussion within the African Catholic community and dialogue between African and international scholars.

Supported by Saint Leo University's Department of Religion, Theology & Philosophy, IJAC publishes scholarly articles that reflect on the African experience of Catholicism, and promote discussion among writers around the globe.

The Journal appeals to those interested in the religious life of continental Africa and its dialogue with the world.

Interested in contributing an article? Please read our submission guidelines.

Current Issue

Summer, 2015: Volume 7 Number 1  DOC PDF

"The African Family from the Experience of a Catholic Couple in Ethiopia"
By Abel Muse and Tenagnework Haile

"Family in the Context of Evangelization: Challenges and Opportunities from Sub-Saharan Africa"
By Mbiribindi Bahati Dieudonné, SJ

"Notes on the Synodal Document 'Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization'"
By Nicholas Hamakalu

"Small Christian Communities (SCCs) Promote Family and Marriage Ministry in Eastern Africa"
By Joseph G. Healey, MM

"The Image of the Family in Chimanda Ngozi Adiche’s Purple Hibiscus and its Implications for Families in Today’s Africa"
By Adolphus Ekedimma Amaefule

"The Gospel of the Family: From Africa to the World Church"
By Philomena N. Mwaura

"Family and Marriage in Kenya Today: Pastoral Guidelines for a Process of Discussion and Action. Results of the Consultation in Kenya on the 46 Questions in the Lineamenta (guidelines) on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World"

To review articles in past issues of IJAC, please visit the Journal archive.

Founding Editorial Team

IJAC is the result of a collaborative effort by six founding scholars from Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and the United States. The Journal provides a platform for outstanding African theologians to share their research,

  • Philomena Njeri Mwaura, Ph.D.
    Senior Lecturer, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Rev. Joseph Healey, MM
    Maryknoll Society House, Kenya
  • Rev. Paul Bere, Ph.D., SJ
    Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Emmanuel Orobator, Ph.D., SJ
    Provincial Superior, Eastern Province of the Society of Jesus and lecturer Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology, Kenya
  • Rev. William Komakech, Ph.D.
    Gulu University Centre for Peace Studies, Gulu, Uganda
  • Randall Woodard, Ph.D.
    Saint Leo University