St. Cuthbert’s Community

Living at St Cuthbert’s this year:

Fr. Liam Kelly is a native of County Galway in the west of Ireland. He joined the Franciscan Order in Dublin and made his novitiate in the Franciscan Friary in Chilworth, Surrey. From there he went to St. Isidore’s Irish Franciscan College in Rome to study Philosophy and Theology. Ordained to the diaconate in Easter 2003 he returned to Dublin studying for an MA in All Hallows College. Since ordination he has lived in Franciscan Communities in Ireland and has worked as a school chaplain in a number of schools including Franciscan College Gormanston and more recently in Marist College, Athlone. His ministry has included Franciscan parish missions and retreats as well as ministry to Franciscans friars in formation both in the novitiate and in post-novitiate communities. This year, Fr Liam is studying for a PhD in Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion.


Fr Stan Chu Ilo is a priest of Awgu Diocese, Nigeria. He is a research professor of World Christianity and African studies at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University, Chicago. He is also the founder and president of Canadian Samaritans for Africa, a registered Canadian Catholic charity working with rural women in seven African countries. He is also the Alan Richardson Fellow for 2019/2020 and   a visiting professor of theology and religion at Durham University, U.K where he is working on a book project, God in Africa: Modernity, Christianity and Africa’s Futures. Fr Stan is the principal convener of the Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life. The central concern of his research is on reform and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church, especially guided by the call of Pope Francis for a missionary conversion. He also researches on social issues with regard to development, ecology, human rights, leadership, governance and cultural change as well as on best practices in faith-based social ministry. Some of his recent works include: Love, Joy and Sex: African Conversation on Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia and the Gospel of Family in a Divided World; Church and Development in Africa: Aid and Development from the Perspectives of Catholic Social Ethics; A Poor and Merciful Church: The Illuminative Ecclesiology of Pope FrancisChurch and Development in Africa; “Poverty and Economic Justice in Pope Francis” in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 43, 1 (2019): 38-56; “African Ecclesiologies” in Oxford Handbook of EcclesiologyThe Future of Catholic Education in Africa: Narrating our Own Stories in Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology. His forthcoming book (Spring, 2020) of spiritual reflections with Paulist Press is titled: Someone Beautiful to God: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Wounded World.

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