Anne Arabome is a member of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is the Associate Director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sr. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in spirituality from Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, IL. She is completing a second doctorate in systematic theology at the University of Roehampton, London, UK, under the supervision of Professor Tina Beattie. Her thesis adopts maternal well-being as a prism for studying the roles and identities of African women and critically analyzes the dynamics in culture and religion that militate against women’s quest for fullness of life. Her areas of interest include women and youth, and marginalized minorities in church and society. She is the co-founding director of Wellspring Africa, a non-profit initiative that operates under the auspices of the Sisters of Social Service. Through Wellspring Africa she has adopted young African women from Kibera slum in Nairobi. She works to empower them to move forward with their lives through education and life guidance (see http://www.kiberagirls.org/about/). She is also the co-moderator of an awareness programme in support of girl-children (see http://trulyoursisters.hekima.ac.ke/). Such initiatives, she says, keep her theological research and writing oriented towards service and ministry, and grounded in global realities and contexts. She passionately advocates for and practices a faith-filled ministry in service to the human flourishing of marginalized, disempowered and silenced groups, based on her conviction that theological reflection must be informed continuously by real-life experience.
Academic Research, Scholarship and Publications:
· June 11-14, 2015: Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Convention: "How are Theologians Challenged and Informed by Their Engagement with the Sense of the Faithful in the Local/Global Church?” (Plenary Speaker), Milwaukee, WI.
· How are Theologians challenged and Informed by their Engagement with the sense of the Local/Global Church in Learning from All the Faithful: A Contemporary Theology of the Sensus Fidei, eds. Bradford E. Hinze and Peter C. Phan (Pickwick Publications 2016)
· “When a sleeping woman wakes” in The Church We Want: African Catholics Look To Vatican III, ed. Agbonkhiameghe E. Orobator,( Orbis 2015)
· “Who is Christ for African Women?” in Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table, ed. The Catholic Women Speak Network (Paulist, 2015).
· “African Spirituality for a New Ecclesia in Africa,” in The Church We Want: Foundations, Theology and Mission of the Church in Africa, ed. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator (Paulines, 2015)
· “Reimagining African Theology: The Promise of a New Generation,” in Theological Reimagination: Conversations on Church, Religion, and Society in Africa, ed. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator (Paulines, 2014)
· “Dreams from My Mother, Prayers to My Father: Rethinking the Trinity of God, Woman, and Church,” in Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church, eds. Linda Hogan and A. E. Orobator (Orbis 2014)
· “‘Woman, You are Set Free!’ Women and Discipleship in the Church,” in Reconciliation Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod, ed. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator (Orbis, 2011)
· “Gender and Ecclesiology: Authorities, Structures, Ministry,” in Lisa Sowle Cahill, Diego Irarrazaval and Elaine M. Wainwright (eds.), Gender in Theology, Spirituality and Practice, Concilium 2012/4
Nevertheless, life-giving and empowering voices of women are rising across the world, in church and society. We have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd; we have been nourished by God’s gift of abundant life. With passion and compassion, we lift our voices to ask: Why is our church not listening to us? Why does our church not hear our voices?VIEW