Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology


The Preferential Option for Culture in Latino/a Theology

The Preferential Option for Culture in Latino/a Theology

Thursday, 26 March 2015
9:00AM - 5:00PM
4th Floor, Information Commons
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is open to the public, but we do request you register for the event. To register, please click here.

On March 26th, His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will join Dr. Miguel H. Díaz, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (ret.), as well as other nationally recognized Latino/a theologians, in an unprecedented colloquium on the topic: The Preferential Option for Culture in Latino/a Theology.

This colloquium seeks to honor the presence of Cardinal Ravasi in the United States by engaging the rich history and diversity of Latino/a Catholicism, and the origins, development, and future of Latino/a theology. With the historic election of Pope Francis as the first Latin American Pope, and in light of Pope Francis' upcoming papal trip to our shores, this colloquium seeks to read and interpret these "signs of the times" through faith-filled, critical, and fruitful conversations. In service to Church and country, these conversations will provide building blocks that help bridge human differences, create policies, and promote human actions that advance the common good of all people of good will.

Joining Cardinal Ravasi for this colloquium will be a number of leading Latino/a theologians in the United States today. They include:

  • Dr. Maria Teresa Dávila (Andover Newton Theological School)
  • Dr. Neomi De Anda (University of Dayton)
  • Dr. Marian K. Díaz (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Dr. Miguel H. Díaz (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Dr. Orlando O. Espín (University of San Diego)
  • Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta (Boston College)
  • Dr. Néstor Medina (Regent University)
  • Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández (Catholic Theological Union)
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz (St. John’s University)