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Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism

The Center's Services

The Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism offers consulting, speakers and other services to other units of the University of San Diego as well as to churches and organizations locally and nationally. For example:

Services to the USD Community

The CSLC contributes specific Latino/a components and connections (in talks, seminars, etc.) to the programming of USD's Center for Christian Spirituality, at their request.

Public lectures and seminars

  • Planning is under way for an annual "theological week" to discuss issues related to Latino/a theology and/or pastoral care, and for this purpose bring guest scholars to USD. These "theological weeks," which have proven very successful in Europe and Latin America, would be open to ordained and lay ministers as well as to theologians and other interested scholars from across the country.
  • The CSLC hosts public lectures at USD, specifically on U.S. Latino/a theology, religious studies, and/or on U.S. Latino/a pastoral concerns.
  • Provides resources, speakers and connections on matters pertaining to U.S. Latino/a cultures, religion and theology, to schools, departments and units of the university.

Services to Churches, Organizations, and Individuals

Organizes sabbatical and other programs for theologians, scholars in other disciplines, priests, deacons and lay ministers, focusing on their theological and pastoral updating, with a clear emphasis on U.S. Latino/a Catholicism and theologies:

  • These programs are designed according to each person's needs, and can last either one year or one semester (or briefer periods if desired).
  • The Center offers workshops for ordained and lay ministers, to explicitly introduce them to the work of active scholars. We combine this possibility with grants for scholars to come and do their research at USD.

Consulting and seminars, at their invitation, at churches and organlizations throughout the country:

  • Specifically on matters pertaining to U.S. Latino/a theology, pastoral care and religious education.
  • Collaborates with/in the programming of church organizations and lay formation institutes.
  • Provides consulting and seminars to national publishers of religious education materials.

Maintain and disseminate updated statistics on U.S. Latinos/as in the Catholic Church, with specific emphases on matters of interest to dioceses, universities, and other research centers.

Given the CSLC's definition of "Catholicism," we do all of the above also, both locally and nationally, with parishes, dioceses and offices of the Episcopal Church USA.

Much of the above is also offerered as service to local and national secular organizations serving Latino/a communities or individuals.