Peter Henriot, S.J., went to Africa in the late 1980s, well-trained in theology and social development, though unprepared for African realities of inculturated faith and post-colonial politics. He worked at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Lusaka, Zambia, and Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi. In this presentation, he will discuss what he learned in the Zambian and Malawian contexts through experience, analysis, faith and action – the elements of the “Pastoral Circle.”
A native of Tacoma, WA, Peter Henriot, S.J. studied at Santa Clara University, St. Louis University, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, University of Chicago and Harvard University. A member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, he was ordained in 1970 and worked for 17 years at Center of Concern in Washington, DC. He then joined the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus, to work at the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection in Lusaka for 21 years, and then at Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Malawi for several years. He lives now in Tacoma, serving in local parishes and as Chaplain at the ICE Detention Center. He has taught and published widely in social development and Catholic social teaching.