Jay Carney, the Share the Blessings Education Chair, was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to research and teach in Uganda the 2018-2019 academic year. He arrived in Africa in early August 2018 and returned the summer of 2019. He, his wife Becky, and his 4 kids R.J. (12), Annabelle (11), Samuel (9), and Adelaide (5) lived in Entebbe.

During his time in Uganda, he worked on a book project concerning Catholic public leadership in modern Uganda. The project analyzes the sociopolitical impact and theological visions of seven transformative Catholic leaders in modern Uganda, utilizing these biographical sketches as lenses into the broader history and public influence of the Ugandan Catholic Church. Building on two past research trips, Jay conducted oral interviews and researched the local archives. In an article published by Creighton University about Jay’s Fulbright fellowship and trip, Jay was quoted saying, “People’s lives resonate for me and, I’ve found, for my students. And since there hasn’t been much done on Catholic local leadership, it made sense to put the focus on those leaders, rather than on institutions. These are people whose stories need to be better known.”

As part of his Fulbright grant, Jay also taught courses in religious studies at Uganda Martyrs University, a Catholic university with campuses in both Nkozi and Kampala. He also worked to initiate longer-term student and faculty relationships between Creighton and UMU.

Jay’s Fulbright scholarship was paired with a year’s sabbatical he earned through Creighton University’s Haddix Faculty Incubator Awards.

Last but certainly not least, Jay was excited to connect again with Fr. Joe Kakooza and the Share the Blessings students. We look to hear more about Jay's and his families time in Uganda!