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Expanding the Frontiers of Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Society

Festschrift for Peter Damian Akpunonu on the Occasion of His Priestly Golden Jubilee

Edited By Hyacinth E. Ichoku and Martin Joe U. Ibeh

Providing effective leadership in Church and society is one of the most difficult human endeavors. It influences the dynamics and quality of social and spiritual life. The Church in the developing countries needs more than ever charismatic and prophetic leaders. Peter Damian Akpunonu – ordained a Catholic priest in 1966 at the young age of 23 – is one of the most outstanding seminary formators and influential Biblical scholars in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. His priestly golden jubilee provides occasion to reflect on his sterling qualities as a leader, an administrator and a pastor. This Festschrift also examines a wide spectrum of leadership models from biblical, historical and cultural perspectives. Seminary formation today needs urgent reform. Contemporary social challenges, including the potential retirement welfare crises for priests in Africa, are also crucial issues the Church has to address.
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Peter Damian Akpunonu: Rector in Catholic Institute of West Africa and Ecclesiastical Ambassador in United States

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1.  Introduction

In the throes of Fr. Peter Damian’s (PD) departure to the United States on June 22, 1997, a member of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) faculty wrote to the Deputy Rector on 16 July 1997:

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