Free Event

Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm (Pacific)

The LMU Latinx Theology and Ministry Initiative , in collaboration with Commonweal Magazine, invite you to the tenth annual Hispanic Ministry and Theology Lecture with Ambassador Miguel H. Díaz, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago, and United States Ambassador to the Holy See, Retired.

During this time when our nation has experienced an unprecedented health crisis resulting from COVID-19, we have become increasingly aware of the “catholicity” of the human family, its inter-dependence on matters of health and wealth, and its human vulnerabilities. We have always known that viruses, whether biological or social in nature, don’t discriminate on the basis of national borders, creed, and other human markers. But today, we can no longer turn our backs on the following fact: Viruses pose the greatest threat to life on bodies left weakened from years of social injustice and discrimination. This keynote offers a Catholic theological reading of “viral” challenges facing our nation and the social responsibility that must shape our consciences as we vote in our upcoming presidential, state, and local elections.

Respondent:  Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University

To Attend
This event is free and open to the public; RSVP is required (click Register button). This is a virtual event. Registered participants will receive an invitation to connect via live videoconference using Zoom. Read here on how to connect. For more information, please contact the Initiative staff at

About Amassador Díaz
Miguel H. Díaz, Ph.D. is the John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Díaz was selected by President Barack Obama as the 9th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and member and former President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). In 2013, Prof. Diaz was the recipient of the prestigious Virgilio Elizondo Award from ACHTUS, given in recognition for distinguished achievement in Theology. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of universities. Among his scholarly interests include, the Christian doctrine of God, Latinx theologies, liberation theologies, and the study of gender and human sexuality.

He is co-editing an upcoming Orbis Series titled Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente. The Series opens with his edited book titled The Word Became Culture. Prof. Díaz regularly contributes to efforts that bridge faith and public life. He has been cited in prominent newspapers and featured nationally and internationally in radio and TV interviews and programs. He regularly contributes to a column for the National Catholic Reporter that explores Theology en la Plaza. As part of his ongoing commitment to advance human rights globally, he participates on a number of diplomatic initiatives in Washington, D.C., including being a member of the Atlantic Council and a member of the Ambassadors Circle at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) chaired by Secretary Madeleine K. Albright.

About the LMU Latinx Theology and Ministry Initiative
The Initiative emerged to assess and then respond to the large population of Hispanic Catholics in the United States and is a joint project of the Department of Theological Studies and the Center for Religion and Spirituality. As a Catholic university in the largest Catholic archdiocese in the country, LMU is uniquely situated to convene multiple constituencies and foster research and practices that will prepare Latinx Catholics for leadership and service in the Church. Responsive to the present moment and at the service of the unique needs of U.S. Latinx communities this LMU project  seeks to encourage conversation and transformative collaboration. Learn more at

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