Rudy Vargas IV, D.Min. Student, Gendron Scholar
Executive Director of the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center

Rudy Vargas has been involved in Hispanic Ministry for the past 25 years. He participated in the National Encuentros de Pastoral Hispana and has served on several national boards. He was the first president and a founding member of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry as well as the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Rudy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Applied Research for the Apostolate (CARA) and the Board of Directors for the Jesuit Collaborative.

Rudy has been married to his wife, Sandy, for over 25 years; they have three children (Vanessa, Rudy V, and Veronica Raquel) and a grandchild, Samantha Cristine.

Rudy says Barry University has provided him a place and space where he has deepened and broadened his knowledge and experience in ministry in the Catholic Church. The opportunity to learn and share with other students who are engaged in a diversity of ministries and who represent a diversity of vocations, faiths, and cultures has made his experience at Barry unique, invaluable, and profound.

Rudy notes that he has had a true experience of "acompanamineto" as he travels his path towards a Doctorate of Ministry, with a concentration in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry at Barry. He expressed his gratitude to faculty, staff, and colleagues for making a home (away from home) for him at Barry, where he can learn, grow, pray, reflect, read, study, grapple with concepts and reach greater depths of understanding within the field of ministry.