Tony Gittins, CSSp

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Tony Gittins

(Professor Dr.) Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp., taught Theology and Anthropology at The Missionary Institute, London, UK, from 1980 to 1984, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1984 until 2011, where 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, England, and ordained in 1967, after completing his theological studies, he subsequently earned M.A.s in Theoretical Linguistics and in Social Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After ministry in Africa, he pursued post-doctoral research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England.

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

In terms of pastoral ministry, he worked for thirty years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and in a shelter. For seven of those years he 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, West Africa, as a missionary pastor, linguist and anthropologist. From 1980 to 1984 he was Formation Director in London, and lectured at the Missionary Institute there. Since then he has done missionary anthropological work 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 eighteen books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality, his most recent work is Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis (Liturgical Press, 2015); The Way of Discipleship: Women. Men, and the Call to Mission (Liturgical Press, 2016), and Courage and Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity (Liturgical Press, 2018).