Graduate Seminar: Fratelli Tutti and St. Augustine’s ‘Just War Theory.’ Is the Theory still Valid?

Monday April 11, 2022
10 AM (PDT), 1 PM (EDT), 8 PM (EAT)

Presenter: Rev. Robert Dueweke, OSA


The Russian-Ukraine conflict intensifies with each passing day. Negotiations move at a slow pace while weapons and military assistance from other nations pour into Ukraine. Some commentators talk about “just war.” Russia threatens to use nuclear weapons. This seminar will explore the questions, attitudes, and conditions for building a better world raised in Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli Tutti. The question of the validity of the traditional “Just War Theory” in a nuclear era must be challenged.


Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash


A native of Detroit, Michigan, Robert Dueweke joined the Augustinian Order (O.S.A.) with the intention of living in a religious community and of having the opportunity to work in the overseas mission apostolates. After completing a Master of Divinity at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), he worked as a missionary for fifteen years in Peru where parish and diocesan structures were redesigned with the emphasis on basic Christian communities and implementation of the vision of Vatican II: communion, participation, and dialogue.

He returned to the United States in 1989, worked for six years as Vicariate Coordinator for Hispanic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and then reassigned as assistant pastor to work with the Hispanic and Palestinian communities at St. Rita of Cascia parish on Chicago’s South Side. He pursued studies in Ignatian spirituality at Creighton University (Omaha) and received a Ph.D. in Theology/Spirituality from St. Paul University (Ottawa, Canada) in 2004.

Dueweke was the director of the Tepeyac Institute, a school for leadership training and ministerial formation and past director of Formation to the Permanent Diaconate in the diocese of El Paso, Texas. also finished a year-long fellowship at the Lonergan Institute at Boston College (2015-2016). His areas of research were 1) an evaluation of religious life according to the thought of Lonergan, 2) an online course on the transcendental precepts, and 3) a study on Lonergan’s macroeconomics.

In May, 2016, Fr. Dueweke became the Order’s NGO representative to the United Nations. In this position, he gave input on human rights and climate refugees at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). His term at the UN ended in July, 2021, and he now lives in Eastern Kentucky where his focus is on promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and designing a ministry on the environment and promotion of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si Action Platform within the Lexington Diocese.

This seminar is free but registration is required. Once you register you will receive an email from Dr. Grudzen with information on how to join the Zoom meeting.