Etchi Besem Oben is from Cameroon, Central Africa, studying a PhD in Catholic systematic theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA, USA.
I am a lay Catholic woman in my 30s. I am excited about my Catholic faith, in all the possibilities it holds for interpretation and exhortation from reading the Church fathers, the mystics, those at the margins and contemporary womanist and feminist writers. I am fascinated by the subject of “Woman,” who/what is she, where is she from, where is she going?
Catholic Women Speak has given me a platform to dialogue with women who share my faith from all over the world and thus make my thoughts to be grounded in real lives. The contribution I long to make to our Church is a deeper theology of women and especially a theology of women in Holy Orders. I love to say, “my heart is Carmelite, my mind is Jesuit and my will is Dominican”.
Theology is life for me, everything speaks to me about the maker, the redeemer and the sustainer. Especially, caring for my 2-month old daughter and my hobbies: dancing, writing books, network marketing, traveling, speaking and preaching aid me find my creator in all things. My present mantra is “People change by your example, not by your opinion”.