On the African continent, people often exploit the concepts of the sacraments and the Eucharist with the aim to promote their particular interests.
John Bosco Kamoga was born in a village in Uganda in 1978. It is already at an early stage of his life that he is filled with the desire to do missionary work as a priest. He therefore joins the internationally active missionary order of the Holy Ghost Fathers and is ordained a priest in 2010.
Due his excellent academic records, his order sends him to Nijmegen in the Netherlands for postgraduate studies where he obtains his licentiate in 2016. Because of the close cooperation between the universities of Nijmegen and Leuven (Belgium), he subsequently applies for a study place and a scholarship for doctoral studies in Leuven. As a subject for his doctoral thesis, he has chosen the theological approach of Edward Schillebeeckx (Belgian Dominican, one of the leading theologians of the Second Vatican Council), in particular his sacramental theology. John Bosco Kamoga will examine this sacramental theology while including Johann Baptist Metz’s political theology as well as Gustavo Gutiérrez’s liberation theology into his interpretation, and he will strive to make it fruitful for the development of an African theology of liberation.
John Bosco’s doctoral thesis addresses a highly topical research topic. His research work is not limited to examining the concepts of the sacraments and the Eucharist, but he aims at developing a consistent liberation theology for the African continent by basing his research work also on the insights of well-known authors from other cultures and continents. He also takes due consideration of the political and social situation in his research work. Only very few persons have so far successfully realized this.
His doctoral supervisor Stefan van Erp writes the following words on the gifted scholarship holder: „John Bosco always counted among the best students of his year. In his function as a religious priest, he understands well how to combine academic theology with pastoral and social aspects. (…) I am convinced that he will be one of the important persons who lend a voice to the theological needs of his generation and that he will make an important difference for his home country Uganda.”
Currently, John Bosco is enrolled in the second year of his doctoral studies, and he will need two more years to complete his doctorate.
Doctoral studies on Edward Schillebeeckx’s sacramental theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
Duration of doctoral studies: October 2016 to September 2020
Remaining costs of doctoral studies: 18.000,- EUR