For more than 40 years, the MWI has been supporting the scientific exchange of ideas and knowledge within the Catholic Church.
After their graduation, most of our scholarship holders assume teaching roles at catholic institutes, seminaries or universities, at least temporarily, before some of them are appointed for leading functions. The MWI continues to accompany and to promote these young lecturers and researchers by providing printing subsidies for scientific books, financial help for th ehosting of or the participation at conferencesand for research trips. These measures do not only lead to a progress in the fields of Theology and Philosophy, but they also valorize the investment in the formation of these young academics.
Today, many of our scholarship holders assume leading positions in the church and have achieved a lot for the people who are entrusted to their care. The following examples illustrate this:
She is one of the talented young professionals who will be engaged in the formation of religious of the Dominican order and in teaching theology.
In March 2014, she returned to Iraq, shortly before ISIS occupied her hometown.
In her dissertation, she examined the influence of the Mesopotamian literature on the bible and pointed out the importance of her native country Iraq for Christian faith.
Since June 2013, Archbishop Anokye is Vice-President of SECAM. He is mainly involved in the evangelization of Africa, and he wants to eliminate social, political and economic deficits. With the help of a MWI scholarship, he graduated at the Catholic Institute of Paris and at the Sorbonne in 1999.
On September 8, 2013 Abba Seyoum Fransua was appointed National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Ethiopia. Before, the award of a scholarship from the MWI had enabled him to study Missiology at the Pontifical University Urbaniana at Rome, where he obtained his doctorate in the beginning of 2013.
His postgraduate studies were a turning point in his life. After having worked at the Theologian Commission of the Asiatic Bishops' Conference, he was appointed Bishop of Imus in 2001, Archbishop of Manila in 2011 and finally Cardinal in 2012. This year, we had the opportunity to meet him and to ask him some questions.
Girls are systematically disadvantaged in India. It even goes so far that female fetuses are killed - with far-reaching implications for the structure of Indian society: already today, there is a surplus of males. Sister Dona researched on the situation of women and girls in India in order to lay the foundation for systemic changes for the benefit of women.
Bishop Ri Pyung-ho has not only been the Chair of his diocese for more than 20 years, he has also achieved to successfully develop it. During his term of office, the number of catholic people tripled in his diocese, and the number of priests increased continuously.
Sister Helen is teaching at a renowned Indian university. She enables women to receive a profound education in the fields of theology, philosophy and 'leadership'. Thus, women do not only get a good formation, but they are also able to assume leading roles within the church and to therby actively shape the ecclesiastic life.
As dean of the theological faculty at the order-owned St. Vincent School of Theology, Father Piliario is today not only an internationally renowned theologian, but he also coordinates research projects on sexual violence against women. Furthermore, he is teaching at different theologian faculties and co-operates closely with the MWI.
Throughout his life, Raymond Goudjo committed his endeavors to the promotion and defensee of justice and peace in Benin and everywhere else in Africa.
In September 2012, he assumed a new challenge: he went to Tchanvédji, where he now holds the position of the Rector of the Grand Séminaire Mgr. Louis Parisot.
With his doctoral thesis, Father Rhodel Nacional aimed to call attention to the ecological challenges faced by the Philippines. For this purpose, he wanted to closely examine human moral concepts, their self-perception and their relationship to other living beings. After his return to his home country, he intended to set up a special environment department to keep on calling attention to urging environmental challenges.
Peace and reconciliation are the two most important objectives for Father Celso Larracas. With his Islamic and Arab studies, he wants now to make a contribution to set Libya on the right course towards the achievement of these objectives.
Since 50 years the MWI accompanied, together with his partners, younger Churches in Africa and Asia on their way into the future. We support their leaders during their education and we share the vision of a common future.
Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Direktor des MWI