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Terry Charlton


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Father Terry Charlton, SJ, is chaplain and founder of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School, which offers free secondary education—including tuition, meals, and books—for AIDS orphans in Kibera, a large Nairobi slum. A member of the Province Eastern Africa of the Society of Jesus, Charlton joined the Jesuits in the Chicago Province directly out of high school in 1966 and subsequently earned a doctorate in Systematic Theology. He then moved to Ghana in 1988 to work at a spirituality center and in 1990 went to Kenya to teach theology at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology. Selected to be the National Chaplain of the Christian Life Community, Kenya, in that same year, Charlton focused on identifying ways to move the group into transforming society; he co-founded St. Aloysius in 2003.