Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative Faculty and Staff

The members of the Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative are dedicated to the ongoing success of the mission of the Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative and its upcoming National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry in 2014.

To see the people and institutions involved in the leadership of the Symposium, go here.


Allan Deck, SJ

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., S.T.D.

Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck is currently the Charles S. Casassa Chair of Catholic Social Values at Loyola Marymount University. He has served in a number of academic, administrative and leadership positions. As a newly ordained priest he was parish administrator of our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana. He was named first diocesan Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Orange Diocese. He held full-time positions at Loyola Marymount University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1997 founded and served as first Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. In 2007 he was called to serve as first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco. Father Deck has authored two books, edited five others and published more than 50 articles on pastoral theology, Hispanic ministry, Catholic Social Doctrine, spirituality, and faith, culture and intercultural competence. He was a founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) as well as of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM).


Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D.

Specializing in Theological Aesthetics, U.S. Latino Theology, and Systematic Theology, González-Andrieu is currently completing her first book on Theological Aesthetics for Baylor University Press due out in 2012. She has been recognized by the GTU, the Catholic Press Association Best National Column Award, and the Hispanic Theological Initiative in Princeton. Writings include chapters in: Encounters of Faith: Latin American Devotional Art, Presente! U.S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present, Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays, Camino a Emaús, The Treasure of Guadalupe, and essays in ARTS, The Journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.


Brett Hoover, Ph.D.

Dr. Brett C. Hoover, is an assistant professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has researched, taught, and advised church leaders on intercultural ministry training, young adult ministry, and the state of the Catholic parish today. He is coordinator of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers (COPIM), an orientation to ministry in the U.S. for international priests. Dr. Hoover co-founded, the multimedia Catholic website for emerging adults, and he has served in Latino/a parish ministry (as well as Filipino and African American ministry) in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Midwest. He is the author of Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith: Spirituality for Young Adults (Paulist, 1998), Soundbyte Spirituality (Paulist, 2002), and Comfort: An Atlas of the Body and Soul (Riverhead, 2011), as well as several journal and magazine articles.

Robert Hurteau

Robert Hurteau, Ph.D.

Dr. Hurteau is the Director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount and a former missionary. He holds a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling/Practical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Hurteau is currently on a one-year leave from the university to write a biography of Fr. John J. Considine, M.M. (1897-1982), a Maryknoll priest who, in his long career, accomplished a great deal to get U.S. Catholics involved in world mission.


Claudia Ávila, Coordinator

Claudia Ávila is in her final year of the M.A. Pastoral Theology Program at Loyola Marymount University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with an Education Studies Minor, from UCLA. She has served within the Diocese of San Bernardino for five years and currently works as a Research Assistant, Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Theological Department, Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and as the Logistics Coordinator for the Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative.  Her theological interest include Latino/a Theology and Ministry, Religious Education, Systematic Theology, and studies in Faith and Culture.