Rev. Ferdinand R. Muhigirwa, S.J., is currently the Director of CEPAS (Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale, “The Center of Study for Social Action”) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rev. Muhigirwa has spent much of his life studying philosophy in light of the Jesuit tradition; his expertise enables him to discuss human development and the effects it has on healing Africa.
Rev. Muhigirwa was born in Bukavu, DRC, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He obtained a Master of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Lubumbashi, a Masters of Theology at the University of Toronto, a Licentiate of Sacred Theology at Regis College in Toronto, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome. Rev. Ferdinand Muhigirwa teaches philosophy at the Jesuit Faculté St. Pierre Canisius in Kimwenza, D.R. Congo.
As coordinator of the Jesuit Social Apostolate in Africa and Madagascar, Rev. Muhigirwa published a letter on the pandemic of HIV/AIDS on December 10, 2002, asserting that AIDS ought to be the “priority of priorities.” In the letter, Rev. Muhigirwa urges the rest of the global community to mobilize and join the fight against AIDS, not simply to eradicate a deadly virus, but because of the larger issue, namely how the virus affects human development within particular communities with high HIV/AIDS infection rates.
Rev. Muhigirwa’s book, The Two Ways of Human Development According to Bernard Lonergan: Anticipation in Insight, “...examines philosophically how Lonergan’s understanding of these two ways of human development, operative in Method in Theology, thematic in the post-Method articles, are anticipated in Insight. In fact, the aim of Insight is to issue in a self-appropriation of one’s own cognitional activities conceived essentially as a development of the subject and in the subject.”