Latino Catholicism

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CT)
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Special Event

The St. Mary's University and San Antonio community are invited to join us for an evening discussion of Latino Catholicism: San Antonio and the Transformation of the U.S. Church. 


The Rev. David Garcia (B.A. '71)

Director, Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio; Pastoral Administrator, Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna; and Senior Adviser of Clergy Outreach, Catholic Relief Services

Timothy Matovina, Ph.D. 

Professor and Chair of the Theology Department, University of Notre Dame

During the 1960s and 1970s, growing civil rights and labor activism in Hispanic communities across the United States sparked a national movement in Latino pastoral ministry and theology. Many San Antonio Catholics became social and cultural activists, innovative theologians and pastors, and even institution-builders on behalf of the poor neglected and excluded Mexican-American majority. Their work helped spark a movement that united Hispanic Catholics across the U.S.

The recent passing of former San Antonio Archbishop Patricio Flores, who was the first Mexican American to become a bishop of the Catholic church in the U.S., and the Rev. Virgilio Elizondo (B.S. ’57), who was an influential scholar, author, spiritual innovator, and founder of the Mexican-American Cultural Center, offers an appropriate moment to reflect on the rise of an extraordinary movement today referred to as Latino Catholicism.

This event is made possible by the O’Connor Chair for the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest at St. Mary's University.  

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