Why Choose Barry?
An Integrated Academic Experience
The programs at Barry University’s Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry offer an integrated academic experience that fosters intellectual growth and ministerial formation. You will study with a strong faculty engaged in U.S. Hispanic/Latino theological research and education. Along with other professionals from throughout the United States, you will engage in critical theological reflection on a variety of academic and ministerial topics central to developing a keen understanding of the Hispanic/Latino religious experience.
Hispanic/Latino Concentration in Three Program Options
Through the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry, you can earn the Doctor of Ministry, the M.A. in Practical Theology or a Certificatewith a concentration in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry.
Three Convenient Study Options Tailored to the Needs of Working Professionals in Ecclesial Ministry
Along with the traditional semester format, we offer a summer/winter study option that is designed to fit into your busy schedule. This option allows students from all over the country to earn an advanced degree with a concentration in Hispanic / Latino Theology and Ministry at Barry. Spend just two weeks in residency at our Miami Shores campus during the summer and winter terms and complete your pre-residency and post-residency requirements at your home base. Housing is available.
Strong Faculty engaged in U.S. Hispanic/Latino Research and Education
- Alicia Marill, D.Min. – Dr. Marill is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Theology at Barry. Her academic research is in the areas of U.S. Hispanic/Latino theology and cross-cultural ministry and the pastoral concerns related to the exile communities, reconciliation, and missiology. She has served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS) and the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministries. She is the founder of Amor en Acción, a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the poor in collaboration with Catholic parishes in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- Jorge Presmanes, OP, D.Min. – A Dominican friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, Fr. Presmanes is the Director of the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Theology at Barry University. Prior to coming to Barry, Fr. Presmanes was the pastor at St. Dominic Church in Miami and a professor at the Southeastern Pastoral Institute. The co-editor of Preaching and Culture in the Latino Congregations (Chicago: LTP, 2000), Fr. Presmanes specializes in Hispanic popular religion, pastoral theology in the Latino context, preaching and the education of lay ecclesial ministers.
- Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, STD – Father Deck is the Director of the Office for Cultural Diversity in the Church for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. He served previously as executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and as professor of pastoral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Fr. Deck was co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry. The author of two books, and the editor of three, Fr. Deck specializes in Hispanic religion, culture and spirituality and in issues of pastoral ministry.
- Michelle A. Gonzalez, Ph.D. – Dr. Gonzalez is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami and the Marie V. Gendron Endowed Visiting Professor at the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry. Dr. Gonzalez is the author of Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007) and Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003) for which she was awarded the Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Hispanic Theological Initiative Book Prize. Her areas of academic specialization are Latino/a and Latin American Religion; Afro-Caribbean Studies; U.S. Minority, Third World and Feminist Theologies; and Constructive and Cultural Theologies.
Students from throughout the U.S.
Our students come from all over the country where they work in a variety of professional settings in ecclesial ministry. For several years, Barry University has been recognized by the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Edition as having the highest campus diversity among colleges and universities of our size in the South. At Barry, you will have the opportunity to share experiences and solutions drawn from socio-cultural settings different from your own.
A Multicultural Setting
Located at the crossroads of the Americas, South Florida is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the United States. Barry University is ideally situated for exploring aspects of Hispanic/Latino culture.
Receipt of a scholarship could significantly reduce your educational expenses. The Department also offers academic professional scholarships to full-time ministers enrolled in the graduate programs. Members of religious communities (sisters, brothers, etc.) receive a 30-percent discount for all graduate programs under the University’s Professional Recognition Scholarship Program.