SOUTH SUDAN: Catholic University Mourns Founder

JUBA APRIL 21, 2017(CISA)-The Catholic University of South Sudan is mourning its founder and former Vice Chancellor Fr Michael Schultheis.

Fr Schultheis died April 14 in Liberia where he was working for the new Catholic University, he founded.

The 85-years-old also founded Catholic Universities of Ghana and Mozambique.

He will also be remembered for his contribution developing St Augustine University in Tanzania, Jesuit University in Nigeria and the recently founded Catholic University of Liberia where he died.

The late priest studied theology and philosophy in Gonza University in 1958 and obtained a masters degree in St Mary University of Minnesota, USA in 1966.

He obtained his PhD on economics with an emphasis on international agricultural development from Cranial University.

The late Fr Schultheis co-founded the Jesuit Refugees Service and worked as first director for the organization in East African communities.

He worked with other stakeholders to unite the SPLM/A factions of Dr John Garang and Dr Riek Machar in early 1990s.

The Vice Chancellor of Catholic University of South Sudan Fr Mathew Pagan, has described Fr Schultheis as a, “Veteran educator” with great sense of compassion for African youth.

The university will hold a Eucharistic celebration on April 21 in memory of the late priest.

Fr Schultheis served as the first Vice chancellor of Catholic University of Sudan from the year 2008 to 2013.

The University has two campuses, one in the capital of Juba while the other in the city of Wau.

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