Latino Leadership Lecture Series

The Latino Leadership lecture series highlights the growing Latino influence in the US, and the role the Catholic faith plays in the lives of Latin-Americans. This lecture series is sponsored by the Latino Leadership Program at the Center for Catholic Studies. For further information on the program or this lecture, contact Ms. Laura Stierman, Director, Latino Leadership Program at (651) 962-5864 or


Building Bridges of Solidarity: Transforming Stories of Hope

 Fourth in the Series

Joyana Jacoby 

7:30pm Monday, February 22, 2010

OEC Auditorium University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul Free and open to the public

Joyana Jacoby grew up in central Wisconsin and now lives in Chicago. Her heart has residence in many places, because global awareness knows no boundaries. As an undergraduate at Marquette University Joyana studied a semester at the University of Central America in El Salvador through La Casa de la Solidaridad. After graduating with a B.A. in Theology and Sociology she served two years in central Mexico as a Good Shepherd Volunteer. There she accompanied women in a sewing cooperative and worked at a girls' boarding school. She then returned to the upper Midwest to apply what she had learned about human solidarity. At the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace and Justice she coordinated programs for the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform advocating for immigrant rights. She also worked with grassroots community organizations through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Her current position is coordinator for University Ministry Service Immersion Trips at DePaul. She accompanies students as they encounter poverty and learn about injustice, often for the first time. Last summer she traveled with a group of students to Bogota, Colombia to learn about the reality of displaced people.  

Major catastrophes, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, call for emergency relief and physical reconstruction from all parts of the world. Before and after such tragic events it is important to build people who become bridges of solidarity by exchanging life stories. Joyana will share some of the stories and conversations that have shaped her consciousness and readiness to be a global citizen. 



Building a Church Among the Ruins: A Witness from Spanish Catholicism



Third in the Series

Archbishop Javier Martínez

Granada, Spain

University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul Free and open to the public.

When Archbishop Javier Martinez arrived in Granada in 2003, he launched several initiatives. He created the Institute of Theology "Lumen Gentium," and the Institute of Philosophy "Edith Stein." The Institute of Theology "Lumen Gentium" is affiliated with the Faculty of Theology of “San Dámaso" in Madrid. Likewise, Archbishop Javier Martinez has created the Publisher “Nuevo Inicio,” which publishes works of Christian thought, and the Cultural Center “Nuevo Inicio,” which helps to create a greater awareness of what is meant by a Christian culture, and it also wants to support to illumine the realities of life and contemporary culture from faith.

He participated in several international and national congresses related to Eastern Christianity or to the Fathers of the Church (Chicago, Warsaw, Gröningen, Leuven, Catania, Lyon). He is also a member of various scientific and cultural associations, prominent examples of which are, since 1984 the International Association for Coptic Studies; AEDOS (Association for the study of the Social Doctrine of the Church), founded in 1989; the Honorary Committee of the Europe-Near East Centre “Terrasanta” of Bari, founded in 1990; the Comitato Scientifico Internazionale of the magazine “La Nueva Europa” (The New Europe), published by the Christian Russia Centre of Milan, since 1992; the Association Internacional d’études patristiques, since 1992; and a member of the Promotion Committee of the magazine al-Waha (Studium Marcianum, of the Venetian Patriarchy).



The Higher Calling of the Entrepreneur 


Second in the Series 

José Ignacio Mariscal Torroella

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Terrence Murphy Hall University of St. Thomas 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis Free and open to the public.

José Ignacio Mariscal Torroella's experiences enable him to offer a set of unique insights into the intersection of international business, corporate responsibility, and Christian social thought, especially in light of the current economic situation.
Mr. Mariscal is the past President of UNIAPAC International, and its first Latino president. UNIAPAC is a federation of national associations for Christian business leaders. It promotes a vision of corporate responsibility that is grounded in Christian social teaching, and business practice which serves the individual human person and the common good of the world. An architect by profession, Mr. Mariscal graduated from the National School of Architecture. He has an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and he studied in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. Mariscal is the former Executive President of the Marhnos Group, which is dedicated to real estate development, franchises and construction. He also is an advisor to such businesses as Bimbo Group, Psoadas de Mexico, Clidra Group, among others. He has served as president of the Mexican Institute of Christian Social Doctrine, USEM CD of Mexico, and the USEM Confederation.


Latino Theology and its Critique of a Multicultural Church

First in the Series


Peter Casarella, Ph.D.

Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009

O'Shaugnessy Educational Center University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul Free and open to the public.

Dr. Peter Casarella, who also directs DePaul's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, was recognized for his outstanding service to the Hispanic Theological Initiative in 2007 and is active in the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University, where he also earned his master's and bachelor's degrees.  "It has often been assumed that the idea of a multicultural [Catholic] Church would be particularly inviting to Latinos and to Latino scholars," Casarella commented.  "A new generation of Latino scholars, however, is challenging older models of thinking about diversity.  [They] promote a pastoral theology that recognizes the authentic witness of U.S. Latino Catholics as an intrinsic good in the church and addresses [their] daily needs more adequately." Casarella will examine these debates and discuss some of the assumptions that have guided these discussions.