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Léocadie Lushombo
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics

Léocadie Lushombo is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lushombo is a consecrated woman, missionary, and engaged with the “Institución Teresiana” (I.T.) founded by Saint Pedro Poveda in Spain in 1914, an Institute which promotes education of the marginalized in more than 30 countries in the world. She belongs to the Teresian’s Delegation Nuestra Señora de Africa.

Lushombo completed her Ph.D. degree (May 2020) in theological ethics and a Sacred Theology Licentiate degree at Boston College. Her work for her Ph.D was on Postcolonial Theologies-The Ethics of Political Participation for women in the contexts of conflicts of the Global South. Before her doctoral studies, she completed Masters in Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, in Sustainable Development at the Universidad Pontificio Comillas in Spain, and in Economics & Development at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Cameroon. She has extensively worked
(1) as a researcher on the issue of rape as a weapon of war in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, since the aftermath of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994;
(2) to bolster the political rights of women in the Congo in the perspective of peace, governance, and gender equality; (3) as Consultant-Trainer regarding issues of degradation of the environment and affordable housing programs in the Congo, Cameroon, and Peru. Since 2015, she has published some ten articles and two book chapters. She has participated in several conferences on Peace, justice, Reconciliation, and the Preferential Option for the Poor in Africa and the United States. Lushombo’s research focus area is the just-peace ethic and political participation of the marginalized citizens, especially women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Lushombo taught at Boston College (Massachusetts) in 2020 and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (Illinois) in 2020 and 2021. She has given several guest lectures in her areas of research: in justice and peace ethics, mining, wars, gender-based violence, and environmental conflicts at Boston College, Notre Dame, and St. John University for the last four years. Her teaching and writings are informed by her interdisciplinary studies and living experiences in the African, European, North, and South American continents.

Professor Lushombo can supervise theses and dissertations written in the following language(s):
English and French.


CE2056: Fundamental Moral Theology

CE4800: African Christian Theologies: Development and Issues

  • “La Política de La Conservación de Los Bosques. Dilemas Éticos e Impacto En La Construcción de La Paz.” In Amazonia: Dón y Taréa, edited by Geraldo L. de Mori, Michelle Becka y John Baptist Antony (eds.), Concilium., 392:53–68. Concilium. International Journal of Theology, 2021.
  • “Virtue-Based Just Peace Approach and the Challenges of Rape as a Weapon of War…”, in A Just Peace Ethic Primer, Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence, ed., Eli S. McCarthy, (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019).
  • “Mitigating Deforestation in the Congo Basin and Global Climate Change: An Ethic of Environmental Responsibility based on African Spirituality,” in Nature and the Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts, ed., Muhammad Shafiq and Thomas Donlin-Smith (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).
  • “Rape-Weapon of War: A Crime of War and A Crime Against Humanity Contemporary Challenges to Peace and Justice in Rwanda and the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol. 28, no. 2 (July 2019): 40-59.
  • “Rectifying Political Leadership through a Just Peace Ethic.” Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2019): 122-139. Co-authored with Eli McCarthy (Georgetown University).
  • “Education as the Practice of Freedom’ to Address Educational Poverty in Sub-Sahara Africa.” Asian Horizons Vol. 12, no. 1 (March 2018): 52-65.
  • “Christological Foundations for Political Participation: Women in the Global South Building Agency as Risen Beings.” Political Theology, Vol. 18 no.5 (June, 2016): 399-422.
  • “Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and climate change.” Asian Horizons 9, no. 4 (December 2015): 724-740.
  • “The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III. Ed. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator. New York: Orbis, 2016. Pp. Xxxi + 272.” Theological Studies, Vol. 79, no. 1 (March 2018): 222-223.
  • “Sustainable Abundance for All: Catholic Social Thought and Action in a Risky Runaway World,” Ted Nunez, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2021
  • “The Feminization of Poverty. How Traditional Gender Bias and Sexual Violence Keep Women in Poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Congo-Afrique, no. 513 (March 2017): 231-242.
  • “The Contribution of Jacques Maritain on Political Participation of the Christians in the Temporal World.” Telema/Congo, Jesuit Journal, Vol. 1, no. 16 (January-June 2016): 2-22.
  • “La déforestation en République Démocratique du Congo et ses effets sur le changement climatique : Une analyse éthique à la lumière de Laudato Si’. Congo-Afrique, no. 509 (Novembre 2016): 841-859.
  • “L’enseignement social de l’Eglise catholique et la lutte contre la pauvreté des femmes.” Congo-Afrique no. 496 (Juin, Juillet, Août 2015) : 499-513
  • “The Land of Gold and Blood: Congo suffers from the paradox of mineral wealth and human poverty,” SOJOURNERS. Faith in Action for Social Justice. (Sept-Oct 2015). Pages/,

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Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae