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Health and Healing in the Igbo Society

Basis and Challenges for an Inculturated Pastoral Care of the Sick


Victor Onyeador

Beleaguered by diseases and susceptible to sickness, humanity has always been solicitous about health and healing. Hence in every human society the care of the sick has the pride of place. Even the Church is deeply concerned not only with the supernatural destiny, but also with the earthly predicament of human race. She devotes herself, therefore, to a healing ministry in which the care of the sick is of paramount importance. This concern calls for a scientific study of healing in the Church’s mission. In this book the author exposes the nature of the healing ministry of the Church as it is practised both in Europe and Africa, but with particular reference to the Igbo Society of Nigeria. He analyses the different methods practised, and offers measures to arrest certain irregularities that have emerged in healing ministry among the Igbos. In doing this, he remains faithful to the revered tradition of the Church.
The Author: Victor Nkemdilim Onyeador is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, ordained in 1989. Before he left for postgraduate studies in Europe, he worked in various parishes and served as vice Rector at the Institute of Ecumenical Education in Enugu State (Nigeria). He holds Bachelor Degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, and is presently engaged in pastoral work in Germany, where he got his Doctorate Degree in Theology.