Dr. David A. Sánchez

In Memoriam:
Dr. David A. Sánchez
January 26, 1960 – April 6, 2019

David in Córdoba, Argentina participating in an impromptu game of fútbol, spring 2018
David in Córdoba, Argentina participating in an impromptu game of fútbol, spring 2018

Professor David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. beloved teacher and member of the Theological Studies Department of Loyola Marymount University died unexpectedly of heart complications while hiking on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. The LMU Community will be posting information and news about memorial services and other initiatives to remember Professor Sánchez here.

Biographical Highlights

David A. Sánchez, was Associate Professor of Early Christianity in the department of Theological Studies at LMU, while also serving as affiliate faculty in Irish Studies and the School of Education. Some of professor Sánchez’s many accomplishments include his time leading and offering his vision for Latinx Theology, as the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). A generous colleague, he was also book review editor for The Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology and for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. According to ACHTUS “His award-winning first book, From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Myths, modeled a Chicano approach to biblical scholarship. He traced the subversion of Roman imperial myths in Revelation onto their subversive adaptation in colonial Mexico and the first written narratives about the Virgin of Guadalupe and then through to the Chicano movement and murals of Guadalupe in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.” His most recent work was on the complex function of murals for communities living through major conflicts by looking at two primary sites, Los Angeles, California and Northern Ireland.

As a student David Sánchez was a member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s Dissertation group of young scholars, and later as a professor he was HTI’s Book Prize winner and also a mentor. At LMU Dr. Sánchez taught and mentored countless groups of undergraduate students, who saw in him a role model and advocate, and graduate students who were invariably challenged and encouraged by his invitation to profound intellectual engagement.

He is survived by two young daughters and mourned by hundreds of people across several continents who were touched by his gracious kindness, his insightful and honest writings and most of all his friendship. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Que Descanse en Paz

David Sánchez Memorial Fund at LMU

If you would like to honor David's memory with a gift, please visit go.lmu.edu and specify "Other" and then indicate David Sánchez Memorial Fund.

A Vigil of Remembrance

Wednesday, April 10 | 6:40 - 7:40 p.m.
Theological Studies Village, University Hall

The Theological Studies department invites LMU students, alums, staff, faculty, and friends to an informal community vigil/velorio as we remember our beloved colleague, mentor, and friend, Dr. David Sánchez. Come and share a brief memory or tribute, or just to honor him by your presence, as we bear together the burden of our loss.

We will conclude the vigil at 7:40 p.m., but there will be plenty of time afterward if people want to continue sharing stories. If you are unable to make it, know that this will be the first of several opportunities to mourn David’s passing, including a mass of remembrance at Sacred Heart chapel, as well as other celebrations and the services listed below.

Services (all are welcome)

Monday, April 15th | 7:00 p.m.
Holy Family Church
1501 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Mass of the Resurrection:
Wednesday, April 17th | 10:00 a.m.
Holy family Church
1501 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Interment immediately following the Mass:
Resurrection Cemetery
966 Potrero Grande Dr.
Rosemead, CA 91770

Reception following interment:
Connolly Hall
Holy Family Church
1501 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Parking will be available at 1527 and 1524 Fremont. Please follow all of the signs for Funeral Parking.