Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics
Léocadie Lushombo, is a consecrated woman, member of the Teresian Association (Institución Teresiana), Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology/Santa Clara University and a visiting professor at the Catholic University of the Congo. She earned her PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College (USA) and completed master’s degrees in Theological Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, in Sustainable Development at the Universidad Pontificio Comillas in Spain, and in Economics & Development at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Cameroon. Lushombo’s research focuses on Catholic social teaching, just peace virtue-based approach, gender-based violence, and women’s political participation, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She recently published, A Christian and African Ethic of Women’s Political Participation: Living As Risen Beings, (Rawman & Littlefield, 2023); “Fratelli tutti: Toward a Community of Fraternity with the Wounded Women,” (Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 2022); “The Politics of Forest Conservation: Ethical Dilemmas and Impact on Peacebuilding” (Concilium, 2021), “Virtue-Based Just Peace Approach and the Challenges of Rape as a Weapon of War…”, (Georgetown University Press, 2020); “Rape-Weapon of War: A Crime of War and A Crime Against Humanity Contemporary Challenges to Peace and Justice in Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” (Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, 2019); “Rectifying Political Leadership through a Just Peace Ethic,” (Journal of Moral Theology, 2019), and “Christological Foundations for Political Participation: Women in the Global South Building Agency as Risen Beings,” (Political Theology, 2016).
She has given lectures at Boston College, Notre Dame University, Catholic Theological Union, and St. John University and has extensively worked as a researcher and Consultant-Trainer in justice, peace, and gender issues in the Great Lakes Region in Central Africa and in Peru. Her interdisciplinary experiences and studies inform her teachings and writings.
Ph.D. in Theological Ethics, Boston College. 2020
Licentiate in Sacred Theology. School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College 2020
Master of Arts in Moral Theology, Major: Ethics. Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. 2014
Specialization/Master level in Sustainable Development (Desarrollo Sostenible). Universidad Pontificio Comillas de Madrid, Spain 2003
Master in Economics & Management. Université Catholique d'Afrique Centrale (Catholic University of Central Africa), Yaoundé, Cameroon. 2002
Bachelor in Business Studies and Computer Sciences. Institut Supérieur de Commerce (Institute of Commerce), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 1994
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- Ethics of Nonviolence and Just Peacemaking
- Human rights and environmental ethics with a focus on political participation and gender-based violence.
- “African Women’s Theologies.” In Emerging Theologies from the Global South, edited by Mitri Raheb and Mark A. Lamport. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2023
- “LaPolítica de La Conservación de Los Bosques. Dilemas Éticos e Impacto En La Construcción de La Paz.” In Amazonia: Dón y Taréa, edited by Geraldo L. de Mori, Michelle Becka y John Baptist Antony (eds.), Concilium., 392:53–68. Concilium. International Journal of Theology, 2021.
- “Ubuntu et les défis théopolitiques des proverbes sur la femme" dans Cahiers des Religions Africaines presses de l’Université catholique du Congo. Nouvelle série. Volume 2, n. 4 (décembre, 2021)
- “Virtue-Based Just Peace Approach and the Challenges of Rape as a Weapon of War…”, in A Just Peace Ethic Primer, Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence, ed., Eli S. McCarthy, (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019).
- “Mitigating Deforestation in the Congo Basin and Global Climate Change: An Ethic of Environmental Responsibility based on African Spirituality,” in Nature and the Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts, ed., Muhammad Shafiq and Thomas Donlin-Smith (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).
- “Rape-Weapon of War: A Crime of War and A Crime Against Humanity Contemporary Challenges to Peace and Justice in Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol. 28, no. 2 (July 2019): 40-59.
- “Rectifying Political Leadership through a Just Peace Ethic.” Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2019): 122-139. Co-authored with Eli McCarthy (Georgetown University).
- “Christological Foundations for Political Participation: Women in the Global South Building Agency as Risen Beings.” Political Theology, Vol. 18 no.5 (June, 2016): 399-422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1462317X.2016.1195592
- “La déforestation en République Démocratique du Congo et ses effets sur le changement climatique : Une analyse éthique à la lumière de Laudato Si’. Congo-Afrique, no. 509 (Novembre 2016): 841-859.
- ETHICS, ECONOMICS AND LIBERATION (FALL, 2022)
- LIBERATION THEOLOGY : GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (SPRING, 2022-2023)
- POLITICAL THEOLOGY (SPRING, 2023)
- AFRICAN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS (FALL, 2021)
- ETHICAL ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE (SPRING, 2022)
- FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY(Fall 2021, 2022)