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Tony Gittins

Professor Dr Anthony J Gittins CSSp taught theology and anthropology at Missionary Institute London from 1980 to 1984, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1984 until 2011. He held the Bishop Ford Chair of Mission Theology between 1999 and 2008, and is now Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture.

Born in Manchester and ordained in 1967, Anthony completed his theological studies and subsequently earned MAs in Theoretical Linguistics and Social Anthropology, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh. After ministry in Africa, he pursued postdoctoral research at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Anthony is a religious, priest and member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (Spiritans).

In terms of pastoral ministry, he worked for 30 years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and in a shelter. For seven of those years, Anthony was part of Genesis House – a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution.

For almost a decade (1972–1980), he worked among the Mende people of Sierra Leone as a missionary pastor, linguist and anthropologist. Since 1984, Anthony has done missionary anthropological work in locations beyond Africa, including Pakistan, Kiribati and the Trobriand Islands.

In more recent years, he has become an itinerant teacher, preacher and anthropologist in some 30 countries, with particular interest in the dynamics of intercultural living for members of international faith communities.

The author of 18 books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality, Anthony’s most recent work includes Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, culture, and the renewal of praxis (Liturgical Press, 2015); The Way of Discipleship: Women, men, and today’s call to mission (Liturgical Press, 2016); and Courage and Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity (Liturgical Press, 2017).