Joseph G. Healey

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Father Joseph Healey
Born April 29, 1938
Detroit, Michigan
Fields Proverbs/Folklore; SCCs; & Communications
Institutions Maryknoll Africa
Alma mater Princeton University
Known for African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories
Notable awards Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

Joseph Graham Healey is a specialist in Small Christian Communities (also known as Basic ecclesial community) as a teacher, researcher, and writer. Father Healey is a communications specialist, MA, with experience in the United States and Eastern Africa.

Published works[edit]

He has written extensively on Small Christian Communities, African Proverbs Sayings and Stories, communications, inculturation and mission and the internet.

Books[edit]

  • A Fifth Gospel: The Experience of Black Christian Values (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1981)
  • Kuishi lnjili—Living the Gospel (Peramiho, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications, 1982)
  • Kueneza Injili Kwa Methali—Preaching the Gospel Through Proverbs (Peramiho, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications, 1984)
  • What Language Does God Speak: African Stories About Christmas and Easter (Narobi, Kenya: St. Paul Publications, 1989)
  • Kugundua Mbegu za Injili—Discovering Seeds of the Gospel (Peramiho, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications, 1993)
  • Je, Mungu Anasema Lugha Gani? (Peramiho, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications, 1993)
  • Towards An African Narrative Theology (first printed in 1996 and now in the following editions: Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 12th Printing 2013 and Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines Publications Africa, 5th Reprint 2012) Print & eBook
  • Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004) It was selected as one of The Best Spiritual Books of 2004 by Spirituality & Health Magazine Award. Print & eBook
  • African Stories for Preachers and Teachers (Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines Publications Africa, 2005)
  • Small Christian Communities Today: Capturing the New Moment (edited with Jeanne Hinton) (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005) Print & eBook
  • Building the Church as Family of God: Evaluation of Small Christian Communities in Eastern Africa (Eldoret, Kenya: AMECEA Gaba Publications – CUEA Press, 2012).
  • Sagesse Africaine: Histories vraies, Mythes et Contes (Kinshasa, DRC: Editions Paulines, 2012)
  • Reconciliation, Justice and Peace – the Second African Synod (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012) See chapter titled Small Christian Communities: Promoters of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace in Eastern Africa
  • Small Christian Communities/Basic Ecclesial Communities: Theology of One World (Freiburg, Germany: Herder, 2012) See chapter titled Historical Development of the Small Christian Communities/Basic Ecclesial Communities in Africa
  • Building the Church as Family of God: Evaluation of Small Christian Communities in Eastern Africa (2013)

Articles[edit]

  • “Three Case Studies of African Christology among the Sukuma People in Tanzania,” Tangaza Journal of Theology and Mission, 2011/1, pp. 5–26.
  • “Impact of Small Christian Communities in the AMECEA Region,” National Mirror 22:04 (May, 2011), p. 16.
  • “Historical Development of the Small Christian Communities/Basic Ecclesial Communities in Africa.” Chapter in “Theology of One World Series.” Aachen: Missio, 2012. German translation in Krämer, Klaus and Vellguth, Klaus (eds.), Kleine Christliche Gemeinschaften: Impulse für eine zukunftsfähige Kirche, ThEM2, Theologie der Einen Welt, Freiburg: Herder, 2012.
  • “Historical Development of the Small Christian Communities/Basic Ecclesial Communities in Africa.” Chapter in "Theology of One World” series of Mission Aachen, Quezon City: Claretian Publications, 2013. English original in Krämer, Klaus and Vellguth, Klaus (eds.) Volume 2, Small Christian Communities Global Collaborative Website
  • “Weekly Reflections for THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (C) 3 March 2013.”

Multi-media[edit]

  • Helped to produce several videos and DVDs including: Walking with the Eastern Africa Church in Mission 2005; Sowing the Seed: New Evangelization; Blessed John Paul II Parish Evangelizing Teams 2011 and Celebrating Service to Mission: The Maryknoll Journey (1911-2011 Worldwide and 1946-2011 Africa) 2011.
  • Building the Church as Family of God: Evaluation of Small Christian Communities in Eastern Africa 2013 Online version available as a free eBook updated as of 24 June 2013 containing 275 pages at Small Christian Communities Global Collaborative website

Further reading[edit]

Periodicals:

  • Advocate', November 10, 1982.
  • America, May 1, 1980.
  • Baltimore Sun, August 20, 1969.
  • Catholic Review, May 1, 1975; April 15, 1981.
  • Faces of Africa, February, 1992.
  • Maryknoll', November, 1974; August, 1975; October, 1983.
  • Maryknoll in Touch, February, 1992.
  • Portsmouth Abbey School' Bulletin, Winter 2002.
  • Maryknoll News, June 19, 2006.
  • The Beacon, July 6, 2006.
  • Portsmouth Abbey School' Alumni Profiles Accessed June 2013 [1]
  • (Interview) Njuguna, Francis, “SCCs and the Future of Pastoral Mission,” National Mirror, 1:5 (May, 2013), 14.

Awards[edit]

  • 2013: Msgr. Thomas A, Keissler Award RENEW International [2]

Boards and committees[edit]

  • Chairperson of the Communications Sub-committee of the Cardinal Otunga Beatification Process, appointed.[3]
  • African Proverbs Working Group [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ - Portsmouth Abbey Alumni Profiles
  2. ^ (Print) "Our Archdiocese: Award Winners," The Catholic Advocate, (19, June, 2013), 2.
  3. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/201108171532.html/ Kenya: Consolata Missionaries Mourn Fr Bellagamba Catholic Information Service for Africa, allAfrica.com: Nairobi, 12 August 2011
  4. ^ http://www.afriprov.org/index.php/meetings/624-minutes-of-the-meeting-of-the-african-proverbs-working-group-saturday-28-april-2012-.html Minutes of the Meeting of the African Proverbs Working Group, Christ the Teacher Parish, Kenyatta University Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, 28 April 2012

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