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BC Theologian Roberto Goizueta Honored with Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (January 2012) – Boston College Professor of Theology Roberto S. Goizueta has been named winner of the 2012 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Named in honor of Cardinal Yves Congar (1904-1995), the award recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians working, writing, and teaching, as the cardinal did, in light of tradition and moving the tradition forward in meeting the challenges of today.  The award is presented annually by Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Roberto Goizueta

Goizueta received the award at a Jan. 13 event at Barry University, where he delivered a presentation titled "Against the Pursuit of Happiness: The Preferential Option for the Poor and the Denial of Death."

“I am deeply honored to be associated with Yves Congar, a giant of Catholic theology, and with the extraordinary scholars who have received this award in the past,” said Goizueta, who holds the Margaret O’Brien Flatley Chair in Catholic Theology at BC.

Goizueta, who earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Marquette University, is known for his research and teaching on Christology, theology and culture, liberation theology and Latino/a theology. He is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. He is the author of the books Christ our Companion: Toward a Theological Aesthetics of Liberation and Caminemos con Jesús: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment, which was honored by the Catholic Press Association. He has received honorary degrees from the University of San Francisco and Elms College.

BC theologian M. Shawn Copeland also won the Yves Congar Award in 2000.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,