Sr. Mary Oladimeji, RSM

Instructor of Theology and Religious Studies


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Sister Mary Oladimeji was born in Lagos, Nigeria.  She belongs to the Yoruba speaking people of South Western Nigeria. Her secondary education, under English missionary sisters, engendered her interest in religious life; as well as her strong Catholic Church community who nurtured her faith and provided an enabling environment to practice leadership.  Sister Mary attended the University of Ibadan, where she studied English, majoring in African Literature in English.  Upon graduation, she worked for the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province of Justice and Peace as its first provincial secretary. During her tenure, she set up the first secretariat of JDP for the province spanning six dioceses.  Sister Mary has taught English, religious studies and theology in both primary and secondary schools. She has a Masters of Education degree from the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education, majoring in Human Rights Education. Sister Mary’s human rights studies along with the news of the first bomb blast in Nigeria in 2010 sparked her interest in nonviolence education among young people. For her Master’s thesis, she developed a curriculum to train youth leaders and educators in nonviolence activism.  Since 2010, she has trained about one hundred and fifty youth leaders in Nigeria and South East Asia in nonviolence activism and engagement.  Sister Mary Oladimeji is a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  She also serves as a formator and a team member of the Writing Center at Divine Word.
B.A. – University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria (English and African Literature in English)
M.A. – University of  San Francisco, CA (International and Multicultural Education)
  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
Faith, Belief and Traditions, Ministerial and Theological Integration, Teaching Methods, Mariology
  Research Interests:
Non-violence: Jesus and Ghandi
HIV/AIDS issues facing women in sub-Saharan Africa
  Professional Affiliations:
Program Coordinator of All-Africa Conference for Nigeria: Sister to Sister (AACSS), an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy as a response to the needs expressed by African women religious to shatter the silence of shame and fear that surrounds HIV/AIDS in Africa.  AACSS offers a process to empower African women to more effectively address the issues facing them because of the pandemic and to bring new information and hope to every village and hut in the sub-Sahara.  Sister-to-Sister also aims to bring women religious from around the world to stand in solidarity with African Sisters who would guide the work of the AACSS in response to HIV/AIDS.

  Intercultural Experience:
Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Laos, Peru, Brazil, India