Visiting Fellows

The Jesuit Institute invites to Boston College scholars from other institutions around the world whose research and writing bear upon the religious dimension of culture.

The purpose of this Visiting Fellows program is to support scholars from the Global South (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America) who are working in projects on faith, culture, and the common good. They are supported so that they may share with the academic community at Boston College the fruits and the challenges of their own research.

Their appointments coincide with our semester schedule. There are two fellows each semester. Their benefits include housing, round trip airfare, a budget to attend a conference of their field, fully-equipped office at the Institute, and a monthly stipend.

In order to be considered for a fellowship, scholars from the Global South must be nominated by a BC faculty member who will serve as their sponsor, that is, their host within the department of their field of inquiry.

The fellow must give one University lecture, and the hope is that they learn about how we connect professionally so as to develop more as an international scholar.

Any faculty member at Boston College may nominate a scholar from the Global South for the fellowship. Nominations should be sent to the Director, Father James Keenan (james.keenan.2@bc.edu).

Past Visiting Fellows


2019-2020 Visiting Fellows

Anicet N'Teba Mbengi

Anicet N'Teba Mbengi

Spring 2020

Anicet N'Tebe Mbengi is a priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit). Originally from Kwango Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He obtained his doctorate in Ecclesiastical History from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). He is a teacher and researcher.  N'Teba was Director and Dean of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).  Currently, he is Deputy Director of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (Nairobi-Kenya) and teacher at Hekima College (Nairobi-Kenya). He is interested in the history of the Society of Jesus and the evangelization of Africa.

While at Boston College N'Teba finalized the writing of his book on the Jesuit Province of West Africa and presented it to faculty and grad students at the Jesuit Institute on February 17, 2020. 

Antonio Autiero

Antonio Autiero

Fall 2019

Antonio Autiero (born in Naples/Italy 1948) received his doctoral degree in moral theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome and in Philosophy at the University of Naples.

From 1983-1985 he was a fellow of the Foundation Alexander von Humboldt at the University of Bonn (Germany). In 1991 he became professor of moral theology at the University of Münster, until his retirement in 2013. In the time 1997-2011 he directed the Center for Religious Studies of Trento (Italy.

Antonio Autiero has authored or edited books and articles (about 250) on fundamental moral theology, theories of moral subject and in the field of applied ethics. Autiero is a member of German Academy of Ethics in the Medicine, of the StemCell Research governmental commission in Berlin and of the Planning Committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. He is also coordinator of the ethics group by Comece (commission of European episcopal conferences) in Brussels.

Autiero was a visiting Fellow at Boston College (Jesuit Institute) from September 14, 2019 until January 15, 2020.

Veronica Rop

Veronica Rop

Fall 2019

Veronica Jemanyur Rop is the immediate leader of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret (ASE), a local Congregation based in Kenya where she served for five years (2013-2018) as the Superior General and executive member for Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK). Veronica is a PhD graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, 2016. She is a visiting scholar at Boston College, working on her research from September until December 2019.

With a background from theology, Rop holds a PhD degree in Theology with specialization in Moral Theology. Her research is on Integral Human Development: A African Perspective. Veronica holds a Master’s degree in Practical Theology as well as Counselling from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.

Veronica was a receiptant of a CTEWC Scholarship for African women and a contributor for CTEWC Newsletter African FORUM. Her articles include Rop, Veronica Jemanyur “Giving a Voice to African Women through Education”, in Hogan Linda & Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe. E., (eds.), in Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church, New York: Orbis Books, 2014, 42-53, “Escalation of Killings in Kenya: A Call for Respect for Human Life,” “Ushering African Women into the Year of Faith: Reflection on Motu Proprio Data,” “CTEWC in Africa after Trento: Engaging the African Synod,” “The African Synod: The Participation of Women in Reconciliation Justice and Peace,” and “The Challenge Posed by Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem to the African Perspective on the Dignity of Women.”

Richard N. Rwiza

Richard N. Rwiza

Fall 2019

Richard N. Rwiza is a Catholic Priest, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Head of the Department of CUEA Press at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Nairobi-Kenya. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Jesuit Institute, Boston College, researching from September to December 2019 on “Environmental Ethics in the African Context.”

Rwiza has a wide range of academic and pastoral experience. He headed the Department of Moral Theology for almost eight years. He is currently the Chairperson of the Licentiate Committee of the Faculty of Theology in CUEA.

Rwiza holds Licentiate degrees (STL) in Moral Theology from CUEA and Theology from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has a PhD in Theology (STD) from Leuven University. Rwiza is the author of several works including “Formation of Christian Conscience in Modern Africa” (Nairobi, Paulines Publications Africa) and “Ethics of Human Rights: The African Contribution” (Nairobi, CUEA Press). Fr. Rwiza served as Secretary-General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania between 2003 and 2007.