• CATHOLIC INSTITUTE OF WEST AFRICA

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Rev. Fr. Dr

Anthony Iffen Umoren, MSP

Fr Umoren

Office

Office of the DVC, CIWA Obehie Campus

Other offices held

Senior Lecturer, New Testament Greek Language & Exegesis

Email Address
anumoren@yahoo.com
Phone number
08033247904

Status

Active
Current position
Director, Academic Planning

Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Umoren is a Senior lecturer of New Testament Greek Language & Exegesis in the department of Biblical studies at CIWA.

Full Bio/CV

 

1. PRIMARY EDUCATION

 

1968-1971 St. Paul’s Catholic School, Odobo Okobo, South Eastern State

1971-1973 St. Augustine’s Primary School, Ikot Ntot, S. E. State

1973 Nkoro Town School, Nkoro, S. E. State

 

2. SECONDARY EDUCATION

 

1973-1976 Immaculate Conception Seminary, Oron, S. E. State

1976-1978 St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Oti-Oron, Cross River State

3. TERTIARY EDUCATION

 

1978-1979 Spiritual Year Formation: The National Missionary Seminary, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

1979-1982 Philosophical Studies: The National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

1982-1984 Theological Studies: The National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

1984-1986 Theological Studies: The National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

1987-1991 Specialization in Biblical Exegesis: Pontifical Biblical Institute (Biblicum), Rome, Italy

1996-2004 Further Specialization in Biblical Exegesis and Biblical Theology (Part-Time): Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in affiliation with The Graduate School, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

 

4.           ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

 

1973 First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)

1978 West African School Certificate (WASC) 

1982 Bachelor of Philosophy degree (B.Phil) (Equivalent)

1986 Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree (STB) (Equivalent)

1991 Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL)

2004 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

 

5.         THESIS AND DISSERTATION

 

1991 SSL Thesis:  Paul’s Areopagus Speech: An Exegetical and Rhetorical Analysis of Acts 17:22-31. Moderator, Prof. J. Kilgallen, SJ

2004 Ph.D. Dissertation: The Christology of Romans 1:3-4 and Popular Power Christology among Christians in Abuja, Nigeria. Supervisor, Sr. Prof. T. Okure, SHCJ

 

6. LANGUAGES ACQUIRED

 

Nigerian Official Language: English

Nigerian Local Languages: Ibibio, Efik

1987-1989 Biblical Languages: Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy)

1989 Ecclesiastical Language: Latin (Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo, Rome,

 Italy)

Foreign Languages

1987 Italian (Università Per Gli Stranieri, Perugia, Italy) 

1988, 1989 German (Kreuzberg Bonn, Zentrum für internationale bildung und

 kulturaustausch, Bonn, Germany)

1990 French (Institut Catholique de Paris, Paris, France)

7. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS ACQUIRED 

 

1982-1986 Leadership Skills, at an annual Development Education and Leadership Services (DELES) workshop

1992 Academic Administration Skills, during an Internship Programme at the 

Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Il, U.S.A.

1992 Library Administration Skills, during an Internship Programme at the 

Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Il, U.S.A.

 

8. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

1986-1987 Full-Time Lecturer, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

Lecturer in Psalms, History of Philosophy

1991-2003 Full-Time Lecturer, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Lecturer in Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Research Methodology, Introduction to the Bible, Background Introduction to the Old Testament, Background Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to Biblical Exegesis, OT Prophets and Prophetic Literature, OT Wisdom and Wisdom Literature/Psalms, The Synoptic Gospels and Luke-Acts, Pauline Literature and Theology, Mission in the New Testament, Miracles in the New Testament, Kingdom of God in the New Testament, Suffering in the Bible, African Theology

2002 Part-Time Lecturer, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Lecturer in Introduction to Sacred Scriptures

2002-2010 Visiting Lecturer: Sisters of Notre Dame Postulate House, Fugar, Edo State; Sisters of Notre Dame Novitiate, Ilorin, Kwara State;

Dominican Sisters Novitiate, Gusau, Zamfara State

Lecturer in Introduction to the Bible, The Pentateuch, Old Testament Theology, Psalms

2003-2005 Part-Time Lecturer, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Lecturer in Biblical Greek, Introduction to the Bible, Background Introduction to the Old Testament, Background Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to Biblical Exegesis

2004-Date Course Developer and Lecturer, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Lagos

Lecturer in Liberation and Feminist Theologies, Pastoral Theology

2006-2007 Full-Time Lecturer, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Lecturer in Introduction to the Bible, Background Introduction to the Old Testament, Background Introduction to the New Testament, Priesthood in the Old Testament

2007-Date Full-Time Lecturer, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Lecturer in NT Greek Morphology, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Introduction to the New Testament, Pauline Letters, Pauline Corpus, Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, Mark’s Gospel, Christology and Soteriology, Selected Themes in the Book of Revelation, Mission in the New Testament, Letter to the Romans, Colossians, First Corinthians, NT Greek Syntax and Lexis, Orientations in Biblical Theology, Letter to the Hebrews, The Canonical Gospels.

2007-Date Supervisor, Numerous Diploma/BTh/BA Long Essays, MA/MTH/STL and PhD Theses, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt.

2007-Date Part-Time Lecturer, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Lecturer in Introduction to the Bible, Priesthood in the Old Testament, Priesthood in the New Testament, Mission in the New Testament, Miracles and Healing in the New Testament, Suffering and Evil in the Bible.

2015 Visiting Lecturer, Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri, Imo State

Lecturer in Passion and Resurrection Narratives, Letter to the Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles.

 

9.        ADMINISTRATIVE AND PASTORAL EXPERIENCES

 

1986-1987 Assistant Director of Formation, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

1986-1987 Council Member of the Missionaries of St. Paul’s Superior’s Internal Council

1992-1995 Academic Dean, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

1994-1995 Acting Rector, National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja

1994-1995 Council Member of the Missionaries of St. Paul’s Ag. Superior General’s Advisory Council

1994-1995 Zonal Coordinator, MSP Nigeria North

2001-2013 Associate Editor, Proceedings of Pan African Association of Catholic Exegetes

2002-Date Moderator of retreats, and resource person at workshops and seminars in different institutions, parishes, dioceses, and for many associations and religious congregations.

2003-2005 Director, Gaudium et Spes Institute, Asokoro, Abuja

2003-2005 Director of Lay Apostolate, Archdiocese of Abuja

2003-2005 Peritus, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

2006 Associate Parish Priest, Pieve di S. Maria, Dicomano (Fi), Italy

2008-2013 Programme Coordinator, CIWA Sub-Degree (Certificate and Diploma in Theology) Programme

2008-2011 Programme Coordinator, CIWA Long Vacation Language Programme

2008-2013 Programme Coordinator, CIWA Sabbatical Year Programme

2008-2013 Coordinator, CIWA Sub-Degree Board

2008-Date Member, CIWA Faculty Board

2008-2013 Member, CIWA Senate

2012-Date Member, Steering Committee and Project Implementation Committee, Ave Maria University, Pyanko Town, Nassarawa State. 

2012-Date Treasurer, Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN)

2013 Chairman, Veritas University, Abuja, Committee for the Development of Academic Programmes in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology

2014 Chairman, Veritas University, Abuja, Committee for the Development of an Academic Programme in STB (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureate)

 

10.       MEMBERSHIP IN ACADEMIC BODIES

 

1990 Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

1992 Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CATHAN)

1999 Association of Pan African Catholic Exegetes (PACE)

2002 Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies (NABIS)

2008 Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN)

 

11.       ASSOCIATION FOUNDED

 

2004 Catholic Business Association (To encourage Catholics to learn to do business in an honest and God-fearing manner, by making available to them professional resources and opportunities through lectures, workshops and publications in relevant areas of interest).

 

12.       PUBLICATIONS

 

Books and Pamphlets

1997 The Origin and Use of the Bible in the Church: A Bible Guide for Catholics, Abuja: Vinria Publishers.

1998 The Church in Nigeria as God’s Family, Port Harcourt, Davis Printing

2000 Jesus and Miracle Healing Today: A Study in the Light of Mark 1:40-45 (The Healing of A Leper), Iperu – Remo: Ambassador Publications

2002 Management of Family Resources: A Christian Approach, Port Harcourt, Emi-An Printers.

2004 ed. Pope John Paul II: A Man of Peace, Ibadan: Daily Graphics.

2006 Liberation and Feminist Theologies (Course Textbook, National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos), Longman Nigeria PLC.

2007 Pastoral Theology (Course Textbook, National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos), Longman Nigeria PLC.

2007 The Impact of Globalization on Religious Life, Abuja: Ugwu Printing and Publishing.

2007 Leadership Styles and Skills for Christian Service, Abuja: Ugwu Printing and Publishing.

2008 Paul and Power Christology: Exegesis and Theology of Romans 1:3-4 in Relation to Popular Power Christology in an African Context (Ph.D. Dissertation) New Testament Studies in Contextual Exegesis, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2008 ed. The Church and the State: The Imperative of Collaborating Towards Political Stability in Nigeria (A Collection of Speeches by Archbishop John Onaiyekan), Abuja: Gaudium et Spes Institute.

2016 How the Bible Came to Be, Port Harcourt: Emi-An Publications.

 

Articles and Contributions

1993 “Being ‘Born Again’: An Interpretation of John 3:3 in Relation to Charismatic Religious Experiences, in Authority and Charism in the Nigerian Church (Proceedings of the 8th National Theological Conference held at the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja, April 13-16, 1993), Cathan, 125-132.

2000 “Towards Greater Family Consciousness within the Church in Nigeria”, Koinonia (Studies on African Issues), vol 1, 91-100.

2002 “‘One Heart and Soul’ (Acts 4:32): Familial Unity in the Primitive Church and Contemporary African Church” in J. B. Matand Bulembat, ed., The Church as Family and Biblical Perspectives (Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the Panafrican Association of Catholic Exegetes), Kinshasa: St. Paul, 57-65.

2004 “Rev 2:8-11 and the Persecuted Churches in Africa” in J. B. Matand Bulembat, ed., Relevance of the Book of Revelation for the Church in Africa (Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the Panafrican Association of Catholic Exegetes), Kinshasa: Media S. Paul, 29-43.

2005 “Theological Basis of Gender Equality” in R. Uchem, ed., Gender Equality from a Christian Perspective, Enugu: Snaap Press, 57-87.

2006 “Pentecostal Challenges to Catholics: A Lesson in Collaborative Ministry” in Ignatius M.C. Obinwa, ed., Collaborative Ministry in the Context of Inculturation (Proceedings of the Conference of the Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria [Cathan] held at Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, March 29 to April 1, 2005), Onitsha, Africana First Publishers Ltd., 261-275.

2007 “Jesus Greater than a Sage: Elements of Ancient Rhetoric and Divine Wisdom in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7)”, in Jean-Bosco Matand Bulembat, ed., Human Wisdom and Divine Wisdom in the Bible (Proceedings of the Twelfth Congress of the Panafrican Association of Catholic Exegetes), PACE, Nairobi, 125-139. 

2009 “Proclaiming the Kingdom of God as a means to achieving the Millennium Development Goals” in Ferdinand Nwaigbo, ed., The Word of God and Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Africa (Proceedings of the 19th CIWA Theology Week), Port Harcourt, CIWA  Publications, 120-129.

2010 “Social Consequences of False Theological Teaching in 1 Tim 1:3-11 and in Africa Today” in Ferdinand Nwaigbo, ed., Theological Education for Human Development and Nation Building in Africa (Proceedings of the 21st CIWA Theological Week), Port Harcourt, CIWA Publications 2010, 131-143.

2011 “Paul’s Exhortation to Orderliness and Silence in 1 Cor 1:26-40 and Noise Pollution from Churches in Nigeria” in Ferdinand Nwaigbo, ed., Theology for Sustainable Ecology in Africa, (Proceedings of the 22nd CIWA Theological Week), Port Harcourt, CIWA Publications, 2011, 141-149.

2011 “The Catholic Priest and the Development of Youths in Nigeria”, Abuja Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Vol 1, 113-130.

2012 “Narrative Criticism as a Hermeneutical Key for Interpreting the Gospels in the African Context” in Teresa Okure, ed., Alive and Active: Image of the Word of God in the Bible (Acts of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria), Port Harcourt: Caban Publications, 2012, 149-158.

2013 “ ‘Go to my Brothers…’ (John 20:17-18): The Person and Mission of Mary Magdalene and Collaborative Ministry in Africa” in Paul Beré, ed., Women in the Bible: Point of View of African Bible Scholars (Proceedings of the Fifteenth Congress of the Panafrican Association of Catholic Exegetes) Abidjan: PACE, 295-312.

2014 “Mutual Knowledge in John 10:14-15 as a Model Leadership Principle in Nigeria” in Bernard Ukwuegbu, ed., Good Citizenship and Leadership in the Bible (Acts of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria Vol 3), Port Harcourt: Caban Publications, 2014, 99-109.

2014 “Lure of Wealth and the Gospel Message (Mark 4:18-19) in Relation to Christianity in Nigeria” in Bernard Ukwuegbu, ed., Material Wealth and Divine Blessings in the Bible (Acts of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria Vol 5), Port Harcourt: Caban Publications, 2014, 127-137.

2015 “Liberating the Poor as Jesus’ Evangelisation Approach in Luke 4:18-19: Lessons for the Church in Nigeria” in Anthony Ewherido, ed., The Bible on Faith and Evangelization (Acts of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria Vol 6) Port Harcourt: Caban Publications, 109-130.

2015 “The House Church (1 Cor 16:19) and Paul’s Gospel: Strengthening Family Evangelization through Small Christian Communities” in Luke E. Ijezie, ed., The Family and the New Evangelization (Proceedings of the 30th Conference of Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria) Port Harcourt: Cathan Publications, 110-137.

 

14 REFEREES

 

1. Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Victor Onwukeme, MSP 

Superior General

Missionaries of St. Paul

P. O. Box 23, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Nigeria

 

2. Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Martin Yina, MSP

Rector

National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul

P. O. Box 23, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Nigeria

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Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Iffen Umoren, MSP

 

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