From Where Shall Come Our Help? The Lament of Abused Persons

by Henry Onwusoro Ogbuji

FROM WHERE SHALL COME OUR HELP? is a work of practical theology with the goal to offer an alternative framework to address the global phenomenon of domestic violence. The context is broadly West Africa and particularly Nigeria and it challenges ecclesial and civil leadership that serve the hugely patriarchal culture and colonial oppression that perpetrate the evil. The book puts on the table a compassion-praxis pastoral ministerial approach that would bring about the desired transformation.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Henry Ogbuji offers an insightful analysis of the crisis of domestic violence in Nigeria. Drawing from a wealth of theological sources, the author puts forward an ecclesial framework to address the effects of violence towards the most vulnerable, especially women. This study is a valuable resource to pastors, preachers, priests, community organisers, and educators supporting healthy and robust communities of faith.” – Luis Menendez-Antuna, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University School of Theology

“Rev. Dr. Henry Ogbuji masterfully articulated the devastating consequences of domestic violence in Nigeria and offered profound theological and scholarly solutions to address this malaise. From Where Shall Come Our Help is a must-read and should serve as a vade mecum for all clergy, counselors, therapists, and everyone involved in caring for victims of domestic violence. I hope this work will sting civil and ecclesiastical leaders to consciousness to do more to prevent domestic violence and provide resources for victims.” – Dr. Aloyius Sunny Ochasi, Clinical Bioethicist and Professor, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry Onwusoro Ogbuji is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria. Ordained in 2003, he has served his diocese in various pastoral and administrative capacities, including as an associate pastor, pastor and associate Diocesan Finance Administrator. One of the major pastoral challenges he has had as a pastor has been in ministering to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Hence, it became an area of interest for him during his graduate studies in the US. He obtained an MA in Theology and Ministry from Boston College (2017) and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Boston University (2022). Upon graduation from Boston University, the author returned to his home diocese in Nigeria and has since been engaged in pastoral ministry. He uses his writing as a way to share his uniquely striking ministerial and academic experiences with a wider audience.

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