Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Muonwe is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. He got Bachelors in Theology and Philosophy from Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria, an affiliate of Pontifical Urban University, Rome, in 2004 and 1999 respectively. He obtained Masters (2008), Advanced Masters (2009) in Theology and Religious Studies, Licentiate (2009) and Doctorate (2013) in Theology from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Michael is currently a lecturer in the Department of Religion and Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. He researches within the field of Practical Theology, with special focus on the relationship between religion and contemporary culture (and society).
Undergraduate Qualifications
(a). Bachelor of Sacred Theology 2004 (b). Bachelor of Philosophy 1999 (c). West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) 1993 (d). First School Leaving Certificate 1986.
Postgraduate Qualifications
a. Doctor of Sacred Theology (PhD) 2013 (b). Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion 2009 (c). Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) 2009 (d). Master of Theology and Religious Studies 2008 (e). Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) 2014.
Books Published
Monographs

Muonwe, M. (2016). New dawn for African women: Igbo perspective. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.

Muonwe, M. (2014). Challenging the myths of gender equality: Theology and feminism. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.

Muonwe, M. (2013). Dialectics of faith-culture integration: Inculturation or syncretism. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.


Edited Books

Nwankwo, L., Muonwe, M. and Ezeokeke, A. (Ed.). (2021). “Thus says the Lord…”: A selection of addresses and speeches of Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpalele, Catholic bishop of Ekwulobia diocese. Awka: Fab Anieh.

Ezeokeke, A., Muonwe, M. and Nwankwo, L. (Ed.). (2021). “Peter do you love me?... Look after my sheep (Jn. 21:15-17): Ekwulobia diocese and the mission of Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke. Awka: Fab Anieh.

Muonwe, M. (Ed.). (2017). My love for you in Christ Jesus (I Cor. 16:21): A selection of messages of Most Rev. Paulinus C. Ezeokafor. Awka: Fab Anieh.

Muonwe, M. (Ed.). (2013). Priesthood and the challenges of the contemporary era: A reader. Owerri: Living Flames.

Publications
Journal Articles

Muonwe, M. (2020). Infusion approach to moral education in Nigerian tertiary institutions: Towards curbing cultism. PREORC Journal of Arts and Humanities, 5(1), 321-350.

Muonwe, M. (2020). Christian family in Africa in the face of COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges to family communion and witness in the society. Ministerium Journal of Contextual Theology, 6, 1-13.

Muonwe, M. (2019). Women in Igbo traditional religion and politics: prospects for women’s political leadership role in Nigeria. UJAH: UNIZIK Journal of Arts and Humanities, 20(3), 1-19.

Muonwe, M. (2019). Religio-Philosophical Significance of Relationality through the Igbo Understanding of the Human Person. Journal of African Traditional Religion.

Muonwe, M. (2019). Translation of liturgical/religious texts (Catholic Igbo Missal): Transfer or betrayal of meaning in the process of inculturation. Ministerium Journal of Contextual Theology, 5, 28-46.

Muonwe, M. (2018). Igbo Christianity at the crossroads: Between the concepts of Chi and Imago Dei. Ministerium Journal of Contextual Theology, 4, 13-33.

Muonwe, M. (2016). Jesus’ teaching on divorce: Lessons for fruitful feminist engagement with society. International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 6(4), 1-12.

Muonwe, M. (2011). The challenges of religious syncretism to African Christianity: The role of the church. Journal of Inculturation Theology, 12 (1), 3-20.

Muonwe, M. (2010). Inculturation at the service of the church’s catholicity and unity. African Christian Studies, 26(2), 1-30.


Book Chapters

Muonwe, M. (2021). Inculturation of Christian faith in culture-rich local church of Ekwulobia: An unavoidable pastoral option. In A. Ezeokeke, M. Muonwe and L. Nwankwor (Ed.), “Peter, do you love me?... Look after my sheep!” (Jn. 21:15-17): Ekwulobia diocese and the mission of Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke, 93-106. Awka: Fab Anieh.

Muonwe, M. (2017). Syncretism and inculturation: Mutually inclusive or exclusive options in Christian evangelisation. In H. Derroitte, W. Francois, & J. Scheuer (Eds.), Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia: Vol. 74. Syncretism: Failure or opportunity for inculturation, pp. 225-249. Leuven: Peeters.

Hall, G. & Muonwe, M. (2016). Towards integrative Christian theology and experience: Missiology, inculturation & practical theology. C. Wolfteich & A. Dillen (Eds.), Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium BETL: Vol. 286. Catholic approaches in practical theology: International and interdisciplinary perspectives, pp. 49-69. Leuven: Peeters.

Muonwe, M. (2013). The phallocentric hierarchical model of the family in Igbo context: Towards a more egalitarian model in the light of the theology of domestic church. In T. Knieps, P. Le Roi, G. Mannion, & P. De Mey (Eds.), Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium BETL: Vol. 254. The household of God and local households: Revisiting the domestic church, pp. 279-300. Leuven: Peeters.

Muonwe, M. (2013). Priesthood and the knitting of inclusive community: Following in the tracks of Jesus. In M. Muonwe (Ed.), Priesthood and the challenges of the contemporary era: A reader, pp. 54-67. Owerri: Living Flame.

Muonwe, M. (2013). General introduction: Priesthood and jubilee. In M. Muonwe (Ed.), Priesthood and the challenges of the contemporary era: A reader, pp. 6-17. Owerri: Living Flame.


Presentations as Resource Person

Muonwe, M. (1 March, 2021). Sharing the word of God through preaching: Primary responsibility of priests. Paper presented to priests of the Catholic diocese of Ekwulobia, at their liturgical seminar, St. Joseph Cathedral, Ekwulobia.

Muonwe, M. (20 February 2021). Understanding financial management as a spiritual discipline. Paper presented to the stakeholders of Catholic Women Organization of Ekwulobia Diocese, at St. Joseph Cathedral, Ekwulobia.

Muonwe, M. (11 November 2020). Christian Faith and Culture: Towards an Inculturated Sacred Music in the Nigerian Church. Paper presented to National Song Screening Committee of the National Catholic Liturgical Music Council of Nigeria (NACALIMCO). Zoom. Awka.

Muonwe, M. (3 April 2019). Liturgical inculturation: Nerve centre of the church’s faith-culture integration. Paper presented to priests of the Catholic Diocese of Awka at their liturgical seminar, Albert A.K Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral, and Conference Centre, Okpuno.

Muonwe, M. (7 April, 2018). Homosexuality: Catholic perspective and threats to life. Paper Presented to Seminarians for Life, Nigeria, at Their 15th Annual National Pro-Life Convention, at Archbishop A.K. Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral, and Conference Centre Okpuno

International Conference Papers

Muonwe, M. (25 October 2019). Women in Igbo traditional religion and politics: prospects for women’s political leadership role in Nigeria. 11th Faculty of Arts International Conference. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Muonwe, M. (11-12 July 2019). Infusion approach to moral education in Nigerian tertiary institutions: Towards curbing cultism. Paper presented at the Ist International Conference of Professor Ezenwa-Ohaeto Resource Centre, Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, UNIZIK, Awka.

Muonwe, M. (2017, October). Africa Independent Churches: Reform or cultural revivalism? Paper presented at the International Conference – LEST XI: Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Muonwe, M. (2015, April). Was Jesus a feminist? Theological reflection on the significance of the Christian faith for gender equality. Paper presented at the fifth international conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Muonwe, M. (2013, March). Social constructionist feminist response to women’s identity: Implications for theology. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Muonwe, M. (2012, February). Religion and equality: Examining the role of Religion in negotiating the status of African women in society. Paper presented at the Second Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, at Robson Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Muonwe, M. (2012, November). Syncretism and inculturation mutually inclusive or exclusive options in Christian evangelisation. Paper presented at Omnes Gentes International Colloquium on Syncretism, at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Muonwe, M. (2010, March). The Phallocentric hierarchical model of the family in Igbo context: Towards a more egalitarian model in the light of the theology of domestic church. Paper presented at International Conference on the Household of God and Local Households: Revisiting the Domestic Church, at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Belgium.