William I. Orbih is a Ph.D. fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Theology (World Religion, World Church). In 2021, he completed a minor in peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Prior to coming for Notre Dame for doctoral studies, William completed a master’s in theology at the St John School of Theology, Collegeville MN, a postgraduate diploma in Peace Studies at the Nile University of Nigeria and bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies in Universities in Nigeria and Italy.
His scholarly interest is at the intersection between Theology, African Literature (especially protest literatures) and Politics, deconstruction and decolonial hermeneutics. He also has a lively interest in comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, and patristics (Augustine), the concept of divine transcendence. He is presently working on a dissertation titled: “African Literature as Theology of Hope.”
Kellogg PhD Affiliates Develop Program of Catholic Leadership and Service in Africa
Nov 3, 2023
“We have heard the long-expressed hope – spoken with great passion by popes, bishops, and other Church leaders, especially in the West – that the future of the Catholic Church is in Africa,” said Rev. Kenneth Amadi, a Kellogg doctoral student affiliate. “And so we started thinking about what we could do today to secure that future.” Brainstorming with fellow Kellogg doctoral student affiliates Revs. William Orbih and Joachim Ozonze, who, like Amadi, are Nigerian priests and PhD students in theology at the University of Notre Dame, the trio came to found Church Life Africa (CLA), a strategic initiative that takes this hope seriously and calls for an intentional investment in its promise.