Coordinating Committee

Coordinating Committee

Allan Deck

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., S.T.D.
Loyola Marymount University

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.
Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu specializes in U.S. Latino Theology, Systematic Theology and is one of the leading scholars in Theological Aesthetics. 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.  
Her book Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty (Baylor University Press, 2012) has received international praise for linking "art's power to move beyond the discursive, cognitive and propositional to a theology grounded in an experience that opens the imagination and moves one to encounter 'God in all things'" (The Pneuma Review).                                                                          


 ‌Brett Hoover

Brett Hoover, Ph.D.
Loyola Marymount University

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 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.
Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Robert 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 the President of the Federación de Institutos Pastorales (FIP).  He recently published 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 titled A Worldwide Heart: The Life of Maryknoll Father John J. Consdidine (Orbis, 2013).


Elsie Miranda

Elsie M. Miranda, DMin
Barry University

Dr. Elsie M. Miranda is associate professor of Theology at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida where she serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry, as well as Director of Ministerial Formation. She is Cuban American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Religion; Boston College where she earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Religious Education, and Barry University where she earned a DMin in Practical Theology.
Dr. Miranda began her tenure at Barry University in 1996 as the associate director of Mission and Ministry. Since that time, she continues to serve the local and national community by promoting the mission and core commitments of the University. In 2006, she joined the Department of Theology and Philosophy as Director of Ministerial Formation. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Dr. Miranda has served as an elected member of the Ethics and the Faculty Welfare committees. As associate professor of practical theology, her areas of theological interest are on inter-culturality and ministerial formation, liberating theologies (feminist, queer and Latin American) and on the paradigmatic shift that continued social, ecclesial, and political polarities will generate within the next century and how these will impact the church and society.
She was co-editor and contributor in Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic, (Continuum Press, 2009). Dr. Miranda continues to explore contemporary theological issues in the church and the world through her scholarly work, her teaching and dialogue with students, and her service to the community. In the summer of 2012, Dr. Miranda is attending and presenting at a consultation in Oslo, Norway on The Future of Theological Education in Europe and Beyond, sponsored by the World Council of Churches. She looks forward to further collaboration with colleagues to advance the theological education and professional integrity of ecclesial ministry in the U.S. and abroad. 

Hosffman Ospino

Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D.
Boston College

Dr. Hosffman Ospino was born in Colombia where he pursued undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He taught philosophy and religion at various academic levels and worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education of Colombia. He holds an MA in theology with concentration in Church History and a PhD in Theology and Education from Boston College. Dr. Ospino’s research concentrates on the dialogue between theology and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these areas. He and his wife, Guadalupe, are actively involved in Hispanic Ministry in Boston.