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Bede Ukwuije, a Spiritan, is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Theology. Ordained a Catholic priest on July 31, 1994, he became a missionary in France for 12 years, serving as Students’ Chaplain at the University of Rennes II, Chaplain of African Migrants’ Community in the dioceses of Rennes and Nanterre, and Formator at the Spiritan Formation Community in Clamart. He was also Associate priest at Ste Madeleine Parish, Châtenay-Malabry (1999-2005).

He taught Systematic Theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris and the Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu Enugu (SIST), Nigeria. He was also Guest Professor at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA in the year 2022.

He served as the First Assistant to the Superior General of the Spiritans in Rome(2012-2021) and member of the Theological Commission of the Union of Superiors General (2016-2019).


  • ThD, Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)
  • PhD/STD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
  • Th.M, Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)
  • Major: Science and Theology of Religions
  • B.Th. Facultés Jésuites du Centre Sèvres, Paris
  • Phil: Facultés Jésuites du Centre Sèvres, Paris

Research Interests

Father Bede is currently working with the University of Notre Dame Press for the publication of Trinity and Inculturation (author’s translation of Trinité et Inculturation (Paris: Desclée, 2008) and with Karthala, Paris, for the publication of Trinité, le nom chrétien de Dieu (French translation of The Trinitarian God, Contemporary Relevance and Challenges ((Mumbai: Paulines, 2013) Translated by Jean-Michel Jolibois, CSSp.

  • Trinité et Inculturation (Paris : Desclée, 2008);
  • God, Bible and African Traditional Religion (Enugu: SNAAP Press, 2009);
  • The Trinitarian God: Contemporary Challenges and Relevance (Mumbai: Paulines, 2013).
  • “Befriending the Earth. Towards a Doxological Approach to the Environment”, Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology, vol. 34 (2022), 109-135.
  • “‘Dying You Destroyed Our Death’. The Significance of the Death of Jesus s Christ for the Death We Must All Die” in African Journal of Contextual Theology, 3, June 2011, pp. 31-50.
  • “Theofilance and the Reconfiliation Dynamic: Healing Humanity’s Divisions through the Memory of the Cross”, Keneth Ameke & Samuel Uzoukwu(Eds) Emerging Conversations on Theofiliation. Essays in Honour of Archbishop Anthony J. V. Obinna, Xlibris, USA, 2019, pp. 223-245.
  • « La théologie politique d’Evangelii Gaudium », Joel Molinario et François Moog (dir.) Henri Jérôme Gagey, La théology et le travail de la foi (Salvator, Paris, 2015) 65-79).

Primary Field of Study

Systematic Theology

The Mystery of God

 Christian Anthropology

 Secondary Field of Study

Political Theology

Science and Theology of Religions