About the book
F.A. OBORJI, Silver Jubilee of Priestly Ordination, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Aguleri, Nigeria 2014.
This is a commemorative book celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of the author which took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Aguleri, Nigeria on August 24, 2014. It gives in few pages a biographical sketch of Fr. Francis Anekwe Oborji. The book has seven chapters divided into two parts. The first part presents the biographical sketch of the author, detailing his personal background, pastoral ministry, teaching profession and publications. It has also an interesting chapter entitled. “Becoming a Priest: A Gift of faith”, which recounts the story of his childhood upbringing, school education and embrace of vocation to the Priesthood. Part two is dedicated to a brief history of the origins of his native town Aguleri, and the coming of Catholicism in the town which started when the first Holy Ghost Congregation Missionaries who came to Onitsha in 1885 brought the faith to Aguleri, the hometown of the author in 1888. There is also a brief chapter on the heroic life and work of Blessed Michale Iwene Tansi, the first indigenous priest of Aguleri. The author ends the book with commemorative congratulatory messages from well-wishers for the Priestly Ordination Silver Jubilee. One of the most cherished aspects of the book are the historic and personal photos of the author which dotted the book from beginning to the end, celebrating the most significant moments of his life from childhood in his native village and town – through school education, seminary formation, university studies, priestly ministry, and as a university professor in Rome. Indeed, this book is a firsthand glance of who Francis Anekwe Oborji is!
F.A. OBORJI, Manual for Schools of Evangelization, Vicalex Press, Onitsha, Nigeria 1993.
This book was written as a manual for leadership training in evangelization when the author was the founding coordinator of the Trinitas School of Evangelization in Onitsha Archdiocese, Nigeria. The book is based on conversion, proclamation, community dynamics of the ACTS II Process leadership training for the New Evangelization. The ACTS II Process leadership training was first developed at the Catholic Evangelization Training Centre, Denver, Colorado, USA, in particular by Sister Angeline Bukowiecki, S.N.C. The process has since been accepted and approved for use in Catholic Schools of Evangelization by the Office of Evangelization 2000 in Rome. In this book, the author adapted the leadership training in the ACTS II Process in the Nigerian context of the Archdiocese of Onitsha. The book is written to assist in the training of Parish coordinators and lay pastoral workers for Parish based Schools of Evangelization and in Small Christian Communities in their local African context, in the following areas:
- The skills and tools for effectively training their fellow Parishioners in evangelization work.
- Foundational evangelization based on the teachings of the Bible, the Church, Sacraments and some moments in evangelization.
- Evangelized group who bring about conversion and on-going evangelization in the community.
- Training program for out-Reaches.
The book has taken into consideration, the three aspects of the new evangelization, namely: new in zeal, new in expression, and new in method. It is divided into eleven chapters. Chapter one is on why have a school of evangelization in your Parish? It treats also things to bear in mind while establishing Schools of Evangelization. Chapters two to ten form the main body of the manual. In these chapters are the training techniques and moments in evangelization based on the ACTS II Process dynamics. The last chapter is on multiplying of Small Christian Communities. This is the target of ACTS II Process.
F.A. OBORJI, Training in the New Evangelization, Veritas Press, Onitsha, Nigeria 1992.
With the inauguration of the Trinitas School of Evangelization in Onitsha in 1992 and the preparation for the Great Jubilee 2000, then looming, interest in the School and its aims and objectives have been a source of profound enthusiasm in the evangelizing ministry. As the founder and newly appointed coordinator of the School of Evangelization, the author felt obliged to write this book so as to sustain this newly found interest and enthusiasm among the growing School of core evangelizers from the parishes and stations as well as Small Christian Communities. The book is a sure answer to many vexing questions on the meaning and implications of evangelization according to the spirit of the Magisterium teachings of Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi and John Paul II’sRedemptoris Missio, as well as of the new evangelization in general.
The book begins with the reasons for establishing Schools of Evangelization in our local churches, the nature and rationale behind the training program in the Trinitas School of Evangelization, Onitsha. Thereafter, it makes an excellent presentation of the teaching of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi and also of Redemptoris Missio on evangelization, with emphasis on personal conversion and spiritual dimension of evangelization that are being promoted in the Trinitas School of Evangelization. The book is indeed an authentic inspiration for trainees and trainers of the new evangelization through the program of Schools of Evangelization.
F.A. OBORJI, Teologia della missione: Storia e nuove sfide, Tipografia Leberit, Roma 2002.
As missiology is beginning to take a centre stage in contemporary theology, there arises the need for a volume that presents an overview of the historical evolution of the discipline as a science in its own right in theological education. This book (which is Italian early version of the author’s book, Concepts of Mission (2006), discusses concepts of mission in the historical evolution of missiology as a science of its own in theological education, and takes up trends in mission theology, emphasizing the contributions of pioneer missiologists, whose works and ideas have helped to shape the course of this branch of theology. It gives on few pages a lot of information about the history of missiology, past and present mainstreams of thoughts and understanding of missionary activity. Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox missiologists and their ideas are discussed in the book.
After a revealing study of the prevailing paradigms in the development of mission studies as a theological discipline, the book takes up the emergent theologies of the global South and discusses them as a new trend in contemporary missiology. It divides them up by continent beginning with Latin America, then Asian, and concludes with African theology. The book emphasizes the emerging influence on mission studies by the works of the theologians from the global South and discusses them in their relation to the prevalent mission theology of the North Atlantic authors. From the classical concepts of mission as evangelization, church formation, and service to the reign of God, to the present debates on ecumenism, inculturation, religious pluralism, secularism, human promotion, etc., the book discusses contextual theology as an emerging trend that is having the greatest influence on mission studies today. It offers direction for further development and research on mission studies.