The Rev. James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp., will assume duties as the new director of the Center for Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University, effective July 1. Inaugurated in September 2005, the center is charged with furthering and facilitating research into Spiritan (the order that founded Duquesne) history, spirituality and intellectual traditions.
Okoye is noted for his leadership in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and the Church as well as for his scholarly work. He served as the provincial superior of the Spiritans in Nigeria from 1981-85 and as the general assistant of the congregation from 1986-91. He replaces the Rev. Bernard Kelly, C.S.Sp., who served as the center’s interim director.
Currently, Okoye is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P. Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. The largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the nation, the CTU prepares members of religious orders and laity for service in ministry around the world.
Okoye’s research focuses on the interconnectedness of the word of God and culture, not only in the Bible but also as expressed through tradition and in modern life. He is the author of Israel and Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament and At Home With the Word 2006: Sunday Scriptures and Scripture Insights. His work has also been published in The Bible Today and New Theology Review.