Emmanuel Asi

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Emmanuel Asi
Residence Youhanabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Education Doctorate in theology
Alma mater Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
Occupation Catholic priest
Years active 1974 -
Employer Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore
Known for Rector, Christ the King Seminary
Notable work more than 30 books in Urdu
Movement Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (Theological Institute for Laity)
Board member of Theological Institute for Laity
Awards David Penman Award for Christian literature

Emmanuel Asi is a Roman Catholic priest in Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

Asi received his religious training at the Christ the King Seminary (Pakistan) and was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore in 1974. He obtained his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He served as Rector of the Christ the King Seminary.[1]

He is a founding member of Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan [Theological Institute for Laity] and a famous theologian of Pakistan.[2] Asi has written more than 30 books in Urdu, on Third World theology, Christian marriage and other religious topics.[3]

He is Secretary of the Catholic Bible Commission of Pakistan and a Board Member of the Theological Institute for Laity [4] The Institute has spent 20 years teaching theology to ordinary people in a country where only 2% of the population is Christian.[5]

He became Parish Priest of St. Anthony's Church, Lahore in 2000.[6] Since 2002 he has also been a professor at St. Francis Xavier Seminary.[7] He is currently Parish Priest of at St. John's Church, Youhanabad, Pakistan, 270 kilometers southwest of Islamabad.[8] He attended a Vocational Seminar at Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan [Theological Institute for Laity] on 15 July 2010.


Asi is the first Catholic to receive the David Penman Award for Christian literature on October 28, 1999.[3]