What is the Institute?

Hispanic/Latino Theology

The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry was founded to respond to the needs of the emerging Church by preparing leaders and ministers to serve the Hispanic/Latino community. Located in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University, the Institute prepares leaders from throughout the United States and within the local community to serve the Hispanic/Latino Church in a variety of ministerial positions.

The Institute focuses on three areas:

  • Academic course offerings on topics that critically engage the theological and ministerial praxis of the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • Contributions to the U.S. Hispanic/Latino theological discourse through research, publications and participation in professional associations.
  • Ministerial formation programs that assist professionals serving the Hispanic/Latino community in developing ministerial identity through intellectual and spiritual formation.

Academic Course Offerings

Courses offered through the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry can be applied to theDoctor of Ministry program, the MA in Practical Theology and Ministry or a Certificate in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry.

  • THE 630: U.S. Hispanic/Latino Theology
  • THE 632: Hispanic/Latino Ministry and Practical Theology and Ministry
  • THE 716: Latino Popular Religiosity and its Ethics of Solidarity
  • THE 717: Feminista/ Mujerista Theology
  • THE 718: Liturgy and Preaching in Latino Congregations
  • THE720: Christian Spirituality and U.S. Hispanic/Latino Experience

Ministerial Formation Programs

All students participate in integrative ministerial formation programs intended to meet individual ministerial goals and needs. These programs are designed to assist students in integrating academic knowledge and spiritual practice with personal and professional ministerial experiences.

Scholarships for Graduate Theological Training

Full-time and part-time scholarships for graduate theological education of ecclesial ministers in the U.S. Hispanic/Latino context are currently available to qualified students through the generosity of the Marie V. Gendron Estate. Gendron scholarships have made it possible for leaders in the field of Hispanic/Latino Ministry from throughout the United States to pursue doctoral studies.

Scholarships and assistantships are available through the Department of Theology and Philosophy for full-time and part-time study within our graduate degree programs. For more information on graduate scholarships and assistantships, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Gloria Schaab, SSJ, PhD at theology@barry.edu or ask us a question online.

Contact Us. For more information, you can ask us a question or schedule a visit online. You can also contact us by email at HLInstitute@barry.edu or by phone at 305-899-3028 or 800-756-6000, ext. 3028.