Visiting Scholar Lecture Series-Cardinal Peter Turkson

Visiting Scholar Lecture Cardinal Peter Turkson
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium
Topic: The Plight of Refugees in Today's World 

His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana will explore the “The Plight of Refugees in Today’s World” in his talk for Rockhurst University’s Visiting Scholar Lecture Series. Cardinal Turkson will address the role of the Roman Catholic Church to help ease the current refugee crisis—from its violence to its worldwide political oppression. Cardinal Turkson’s lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium.

At the time of his talk, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will have just completed its second year under the guidance and leadership of His Eminence Cardinal Turkson--its first prefect. This new Dicastery brought together under one roof the work of multiple Vatican commissions dedicated to human rights. Pope Francis placed Cardinal Turkson at the helm because he had previously served as the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson was born October 11, 1948, in Nsuta Wassaw in Western Ghana, Africa. Ordained to the priesthood in 1975, Turkson was ordained and installed as the Archbishop of Cape Coast in Ghana in1993. In September 2003, Pope John Paul II named him to the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Cardinal Turkson studied at St. Teresa’s Seminary in Amisano, Ghana, from 1962 to 1967. From 1969 to 1971, he studied at the regional Seminary of St. Peter in Pedu. Later he traveled to the United States for further theology studies at St. Anthony’s on Hudson, in Rensselaer, NY. Five years later, he was assigned to study at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute, first for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (1976-1980) and again in 1987 to complete a doctorate in Sacred Scripture, during which time he was nominated to be the Archbishop of Cape Coast in 1993.

Cardinal Turkson served on the faculty of St. Teresa’s Seminary of Amisano and of St. Peter’s Regional Seminary in Pedu. He also served as part-time lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies at UCC, Cape Coast (1981-1987) and as a visiting lecturer at the Catholic Major Seminary of Anyama, Côte d’Ivoire (1983-1986). During those years, Cardinal Turkson also served as Chaplain for the Catholic Community at the University of Cape Coast (1984-1986). He is fluent in Fanti, English, French, Italian, German and Hebrew.

Cardinal Turkson has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the University of Ghana in Legon, the University of Education in Winneba, and Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana, the Order of the Star, a national honor of the Republic of Ghana, the Order of the Rock from the Anomabo Traditional Area in Central Ghana.

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Parking is available in the north parking garage (52nd St. and Troost Ave.) and in lots accessed through the campus entrance (54th and Troost Ave.,