Gustave Ineza is a Dominican friar born in Rwanda. He lived through the 1994 Genocide and after in refugee camps in the then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).
He joined the Dominican Order in 2002.
He studied Philosophy in Burundi (BA from the Urbaniana Pontifical University), did Theology in South Africa at Saint Joseph’s Theological Institute (BTh) and then at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (MTh Oxon).
Interests in Theology
Having lived in war zones (Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC), and having survived ethnic conflicts and other wars linked to identity problems, he grew up with a huge thirst for coexistence. He thought that the best way to coexist is to dialogue.
In South Africa he experienced the great richness in theological discussion on feminism and womanism. He then worked on the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church where he stressed the need of a dialogue in the Church. He found that engaging in a nice dialogue is more fruitful than closing doors to debate.
While at Oxford, he got interested in the biggest discourse going on in our time: the Christian-Muslim dialogue. He spent a few weeks at the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies in Cairo (IDEO). He presented a paper on the dialogue of Christian and Muslim mystics at the annual "Engaging Particularities" conference organized by the faculty of Theology at Boston College.
He now wants to dedicate his time at finding theological ways to bring together, reconcile and help coexist Muslims and Christians.
In 2014 he attended the triennial gathering of the Dominican family also know as the "Journées Romaines Dominicaines" in Surabaya/Indonesia both as a participant and a translator. The theme of the gathering was "Dialogue as a way of preaching" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnUrxaZFZlI).
Gustave Ineza is currently a graduate student at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto (Toronto School of Theology).