Archbishop launches “Paths of Development” book

Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth launched the book “Paths of Development” on January 15, 2015 here at the University.

The Archbishop of Kisumu and Chairman of Justice and Peace Commission, Kenya Conference of Catholic bishops (KCCB) was the chief guest at the event.

The Archbishop concelebrated the Thursday community Mass with Archbishop-elect of Mombasa, Most Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde, Rev. Prof. Lukwata and Rev. Dr. Charles Kyallo the University Chaplain before the launch.

While lauding the efforts of the researchers, Okoth observed that, “It is impossible to ignore the problems that face us today concerning justice, liberation, development and peace in the world. Research in our lives brings ideas and new innovations so we should take the launching of the book as a sign of excellence and also as a challenge to do more research.”

The Archbishop also challenged the government of Kenya to relook into the economic reforms and come up with strategies that seriously address poverty in Kenya. He advised the government that if it wants to address the issues of poverty, illiteracy and diseases it must work out policies and initiatives that carefully address the conditions that facilitate poverty in the country.

“It is impossible to ignore the problems that face us today concerning justice, liberation, development and peace in the world. Research in our lives brings ideas and new innovations so we should take the launching of the book as a sign of excellence and also as a challenge to do more research,” said Archbishop Okoth.

Archbishop Okoth, observed that the launched book would be an inspiration to the priests and will aid in witnessing to Christ. He also encouraged everyone in the auditorium to get a copy of the book and share it with all pastoral agents in the Dioceses, Deaneries, Parishes and small Christian Communities so that all may benefit from the book.

The book titled 'Paths of Development' is a poverty research project that highlights the Catholic Church as a partner in poverty alleviation through various means especially self-help projects.

The research findings in this book reveal that the Catholic Church based programmes had an edge in reaching the very poor.

The research was facilitated by Rev. Prof. John Lukwata (the local project director) now of department of Sacred Liturgy, Faculty of Theology CUEA. It is an initiative that began while he was the University director of research. He worked with, Prof. Aloys Ayako, Prof. Jane Onsongo, Dr. George Wakah, Prof. Paul Ogula, and Rev. Prof. Patrick Ryan. Margaret Meena (currently the ISO Coordinator) was the project administrator.

The poverty reduction research was a collaboration between CUEA, Nairobi and the Centre for Research, International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), and Paris.

Other research collaborators included; the Kenyan government, several public servants on the four research districts (Kisii, Siaya, Makueni and Yatta) and three catholic dioceses (Machakos, Kisumu and Kisii), participants and interviewees, Catholic University of Graben, Bukavu (DRC), the Catholic University of Mozambique, Catholic University of Kabgayi, Rwanda, Uganda Martyrs University, and Prof. Rosa Gomez of Madrid for further professional advice.

Rev. Prof. Juvenalis Baitu, DVC Administration represented the vice chancellor at the launch. Others present were the deputy vice chancellors, deans and directors, members of the faculty, students and invited guests.

On the same day, the book “Year of the Priest, faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of the Priest, 150 years of St. John Marie Vianney” edited by Rev. Prof. Lukwata was also launched by Archbishop-elect (Mombasa) Martin Kivuva. This book documents proceedings of the 12th Inter displinary Theological session of the Faculty of Theology held in 2010. It has articles from scholars and pastoral agents from East, West and Southern Africa. This book was also published by the CUEA press.

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