Rev. Prof. Laurenti Magesa, STL, STD, PhD

Moral Theology


Teaching and Training: Over 25 years’ experience of teaching in tertiary institutions in East Africa and overseas (the USA and Europe).

Research: Extensive research on various moral/ethical issues related to Africa resulting in several important publications.


S.T.D. (1985):  St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

Ph.D.  (1985):  University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

S.T.L./L.Th.  (1981):  St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

M.A. (Theology) (1980): University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Diploma in Theology (1974): Makerere University, Uganda

High School (1967-1968): St. Mary’s Seminary, Mwanza, Tanzania

Secondary School (1962-1966): St. Mary’s Seminary, Mwanza, Tanzania

Middle School (1959-1961): St. Pius Seminary, Musoma, Tanzania

Primary School (1955-1958): Mabuimerafuru Primary School, Musoma, Tanzania



2005-2008:   Chaplain, Baraki Postulancy, Musoma, Tanzania.

2002-2004:   Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Albany, NY. USA.

1997-2000:   Parish Priest, Ingri Parish, Musoma, Tanzania.

1992-1994:   Parish Priest, Sirari Parish, Musoma, Tanzania.

1985-1986:   Parish Priest, Masonga Parish, Musoma, Tanzania.

1977-1978:   Assistant Director, Makoko Centre, Musoma.

1974-1975:   Assistant Parish Priest, Nyarombo Parish, Musoma, Tanzania.


January- May 2015: Research Scholar at DePaul University, Chicago, USA

August 2011- May 2012: Research Scholar at Woodstock Theological Centre, Washington, DC.

2009 - present:  Lecturer in Theology at Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya                                              

2001: Visiting Scholar at Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, UK.

1995: Scholar in Residence at Maryknoll School of Theology, NY. USA.

1995: Visiting Scholar at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. USA.

1989 - present: Lecturer in Theology at Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, Nairobi, Kenya

1986 - present: Supervisor of several M.A. and Ph.D. theses

1986 -1991: Lecturer in Theology at Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

1976-1977: Lecturer in Theology at Kipalapala Major Seminary, Tabora, Tanzania.                                                     



Encounters between Protestants and Catholics in Africa – 2017

PH.D. Thesis: “Ujamaa Socialism in Tanzania: A Theological Assessment” – 1985

CROMIA Research on Marriage (with B. Kisembo and A. Shorter) – 1971-1975


Winter Living Theology, South Africa 2012

Numerous conference presentations and invited lectures over the years



2016: The Post-conciliar Church in Africa: No Turning Back the Clock (Nairobi: CUEA Press).

2013:  What Is Not Sacred? African Spirituality (New York: Orbis Books).

2010: African Religion in the Dialogue Debate: From Intolerance to Coexistence (Lit Verlag).

2006: Rethinking Mission: Evangelization in Africa in a New Era (Eldoret: Gaba Publications).

2004: Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa (New York: Orbis Books).

2002: Christian Ethics in Africa (Nairobi: Acton Publishers).

2001.  Le Catholicisme Africain en mutation: des modelles d’eglise pour un siècle nouveau (Yaoundé).

1997.  African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life (New York: Orbis Books).

Translated in German as Ethik des Lebens: Die afrikanische Kultur der Gemeinschaft (Freiburg).

1976.  The Church and Liberation in Africa (Eldoret: Gaba Publications).



2010: African Theology Comes of Age: Revisiting 20 Years of the theology of the Ecumenical Symposium of East Africa Theologians (Nairobi: Paulines Publications)

1999. Democracy and Reconciliation in African Christianity, with Z. Nthamburi (Acton Publishers).

1990. The Church in African Christianity, with JNK Mugambi (Nairobi: Acton Publishers).

1989. Jesus in African Christianity, with JNK Mugambi (Nairobi: Acton Publishers).

1977. African Christian Marriage, with A. Shorter (London: Geoffrey Chapman).


Over 200 (two hundred) articles in various peer reviewed academic and popular journals and as chapter-contributions in books since 1975 up to the present.


Ecumenical Symposium of East Africa Theologians (ESEAT)

Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT)


Distinguished Scholar (United States Mission Association)

Ph.D. Honoris Causa (DePaul University)

Visiting Faculty

Rev. Prof. Raphael Wanjohi, PhB, MA, PhD, D.Min  Moral Theology

Rev. Miguel Angelo Garcia, SJ, SSL, SSD  Scripture: Old Testament

Rev. Joseph Mpala Ngulu, STL, STD  Church History

Rt. Rev. Rodrigo Mejia, SJ, Ph. L, STD  Pastoral Theology

Rev. Joseph Mpala Ngulu, STL, STD Church History

Dr. Robert Lezohupski, OFM  Canon Law

Dr. Sr. Noelina Nakato   Canon Law

Rev. Chrispine Ouma  Pastoral Theology

Mr. Maurice Owinyo  Scripture

Sr. Mary Nzilani Wambua   Scripture

Prof. Albert Mundele, STD   Scripture

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Segeja   Pastoral Theology

Rev. Dr. Patrick Thawale   Sacramental Theology

Prof. Jean-Claude Loba   Scripture

Rev. Joseph Healey, MM, Mth, MA   Pastoral Theology