50 years MWI

Since 50 years the MWI accompanied, together with his partners, younger Churches in Africa and Asia on their way into the future. We support their leaders during their education and we share the vision of a common future.


Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Direktor des MWI
Your congratulations

A part of my ongoing efforts are aimed at providing high-quality services to the poor within our local church and at the same time to the academic sector and the whole of society.

Frances Elisabeth Diaz, Philippines

Frances E. Diaz

On June 28, 2017, FOCUS Online wrote "Disguised in headscarves: Muslims rescue 44 Christians from IS soldiers."

Mindanao, one of the southernmost islands of the Philippines, remains exposed to situations of unrest. 15 million Muslims live in the region who have been struggling for autonomy for a long time as they see themselves at a considerable disadvantage compared with the Catholic majority.

Mrs. Frances Elisabeth Diaz originates from Mindanao and currently pursues doctoral studies at the Catholic University of Louvain in the field of Systematic Theology. In her doctoral thesis, she focuses on the context of her home country, more precisely on the dialogue between Christians and Muslims on Mindanao.

Mrs. Diaz studied Economics and, later, Theology. Most recently, she has been working at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City in Mindanao.

With her doctoral thesis, she makes a significant contribution to the peace efforts in her home country.

About her

  • Born in Cotabato, Philippines, on October 4, 1975
  • Since 2015: Master’s Degree in Theology and Religion at the Catholic University of Louvain
  • 2013: Master’s Degree in Theology / Dogmatics
  • 1992-1996: BA in EconomicsBorn on January 9, 1963 in Mogpog, Philippines