Newsmaker: The Rev. James Chukwuma Okoye
Noteworthy: Okoye, director of Duquesne University’s Center for Spiritan Studies, edited a newly published adaptation of the Bible written from an African-American point of view. The African-American Catholic Youth Bible includes articles, introductions and graphics that make Scripture more accessible to young black Catholic readers.
Background: Okoye has led the Center for Spiritan Studies since July 2012. The center’s research centers on the history, spirituality and traditions of the Spiritan order, which founded the university. Okoye is a noted scholar whose work has been published in The Bible Today and New Theology Review. His work focuses on the connection between the word of God and culture.
Education: Licentiate in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, master’s degree in biblical Hebrew from Oxford University and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford
Quote: “What I hoped to achieve (with this adaptation of the Bible) was to help African-American youth. Hopefully, their identity will be stronger, both as African-Americans and as Catholics.”