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Fr. Foro new holder of Waite Chair in Jesuit Education

Aug 19, 2022
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Waite Chair 2022

The Rev. Emmanuel Foro, SJ, a Jesuit from the West Africa Province, joins Creighton this fall as the new holder of the Anna and Don Waite Chair in Jesuit Education for this academic year. He is from Burkina Faso in West Africa and his research focuses on contemporary issues pertaining to reconciliation.

Fr. Foro previously served as the dean at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, where he also taught systematic theology. His doctoral studies in sacred theology examined reconciliation in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. He joined the Jesuit novitiate in 1993 and began his theological training in 2000 at Hekima College. Fr. Foro earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley at Santa Clara University.

From January 2019 to September 2021, Fr. Foro was the socius (assistant) to the provincial of the West Africa Province, and until he came to Creighton, he was giving retreats at the Jesuit Retreat Centre in Burkina Faso, as well as teaching systematic theology at the ITCJ (Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus) in Abidjan, teaching mainly ecclesiology, Christian anthropology and Trinity.

The Waite Chair was established by Donald Waite, BSC’54, and his wife, Anna, to augment the Jesuit presence on the Creighton campus. The Waite Chair sponsors visiting Jesuits who pursue writing, research and teaching on law, philosophy, business ethics, health care and more, opening doors for learning across international borders and cultural divides.