Desmond Mpilo Tutu—Biography

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Bishop Desmond Tutu is legendary as a person who has worked all his life to achieve an egalitarian and just society. His biography can be divided into five sections: general information, qualifications, career, awards and main publications.

Desmond Tutu was born on 7th October 1931 in Transvaal, South Africa. He married Leah when he was 24 years old, and they have three daughters and one son. He not only embraces Christianity but also is interested in music and reading.

After leaving school Desmond Tutu trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and got Higher Teacher's Diploma in 1953. Soon afterwards he got the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Africa. He was ordained as a priest from St. Peter's Theological College, South Africa in 1960. Six years later, he got a Master of Theology Degree at the University of London.

In 1954, Desmond Tutu graduated from the University, immediately after which he worked for Munisville High School as a high school teacher.

Leaving this job in 1957, and from 1960 he spent the next twenty years being a Parish priest and church administrator. Towards the beginning of this period, he worked as a church administrator while he was studying theology in England. After that, in the following five years he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975, he was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, South Africa, the first black person to hold that position. Soon afterwards he was Bishop of Lesotho until 1978, he became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, which is a contact organization for the churches of South Africa and functions as a national committee...