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Interview Date


Interview Location

Pittsburgh, PA

Interview Abstract (or Summary)

Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, C.S.Sp. [b. 1943] was ordained in 1967. He attended the University of Edinburgh from 1968-72 and received a doctorate in Social Anthropology in 1977. Fr. Gittins was a missionary to the Mende people in Sierra Leone from 1972-80. He went on to serve as a professor at the Missionary Institute and as Formation Director in London from 1980-84. He is the Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, where he began teaching in 1984. Fr. Gittins has spent over thirty years ministering to homeless women and those leaving prostitution in Chicago, and is the author of several books.

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Oral History Initiative

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Document Type

Oral History Interview

Number of Interviews

1 Interview

Interview Length

2 hours 4 minutes


Megan DeFries


Spiritans, missionaries, anthropology, University of Edinburgh, Sierra Leone, Mende people, Mende language, mission in reverse, theological differences, ecumenism, female genital mutilation, London, Missionary Institute, Chicago, Catholic Theological Union, pastoral work, homelessness, prostitution, Genesis House, cultural differences, intercultural living, anthropological work, discipleship


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Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, C.S.Sp.