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Leocadie Lushombo

Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 549-5034

Léocadie Lushombo is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lushombo is a consecrated woman, missionary, and engaged with the “Institución Teresiana” (I.T.) founded by Saint Pedro Poveda in Spain in 1914, an Institute which promotes education of the marginalized in more than 30 countries in the world. She belongs to the Teresian’s Delegation Nuestra Señora de Africa.

As an African woman, who has studied abroad, and who has been in touch with several cultures, and teaching in United States, I have interdisciplinary previous studies and experiences that inform my theological research. I believe that I bear a responsibility to encourage my students to listen to all voices with an open mind in order to nurture a rigorous and collaborative understanding which is at the heart of both the intellectual life and responsible citizenship.

Degrees and Certifications

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

Research and Teaching Interests
  • War and peace
  • Human rights and environmental ethics with a focus on political participation and gender-based violence.
Selected Publications
  • “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.
  • “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
Courses Taught
  • Assistant professor/JST/SCU, Fall 2021, Fundamental Moral Theology and African Theological Ethics
  •  Adjunct professor/Boston College, Fall 2020, Engaging Catholicism.
  • Part-time at Catholic Theological Union/Chicago, Summer Institute, June 2020, Applying Catholic Social Teaching/The Preferential Option for the Poor.
  • Teaching Fellow/Boston College/2018-2019, Introduction to Christian Theology I & II 5. Assistant/Boston College/2016-2017. Perspectives on Western Culture I & II