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School of Theology and Ministry

Hosffman Ospino

assistant professor of hispanic ministry and religious education

Hosffman Ospino

Contact Information | 617-552-0119
Simboli Hall 324


B.A. (Equiv.), M.A., Ph.D. (Boston College)

Areas of Interest

Pastoral/Practical Theology, Religious Education Theory, Philosophy of Catholic Education, U.S. Latino/a Theology and Hispanic Ministry, Multicultural Studies

NEW:  Learn more about the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families

Learn more about the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry


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.


Fall 2016
Ministry in a Diverse Church (TMPS7090)
Spiritual Sources of Catholic Education (TMRE7053)

Spring 2017
Teaching Theology and Religion: Fundamental Questions (TMRE8075)


Current Research Projects

Principal Investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes in the United States (NSCPHM). For more information about the study and its reports see: National Study.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neil) for the 2014 National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families.

Book on Catholic multicultural congregations (Fordham University Press, in progress)

Book on the Hispanic Catholic Experience (Liturgical Press, in progress)

Books and Selected Publications (2011-2015)

For a complete list of publications see: Hosffman Ospino – Publications


Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes: A Summary Report of Findings from the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. Bilingual edition: English and Spanish. Our Sunday Visitor Press (2015).

General report emerging from a three-year national study of Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministry.


Evangelización y catequesis en el ministerio hispano (Evangelization and Catechesis in the context of Hispanic Ministry). Liguori Publications, 2013.

This book offers a vision for catechesis and evangelization drawing from the richness of the experience and history of U.S. Hispanic Catholics. An excellent resource for leadership formation of pastoral agents working with Hispanic Catholics.


Previous Books

Peter’s Catechism: Who Do You Say that I am? Why Did You Doubt? Do You Love Me? Also in Spanish: El catecismo de Pedro: ¿Quién Dices Que Soy Yo? ¿Por Qué Dudas? ¿Me Amas? Liguori Publications, 2011.

Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Present and Future, editor. Convivium Press, 2010.


Academic Articles, Book Chapters

Enhancing organizational capacity to provide cancer control programs among Latino churches: Design and baseline findings of the CRUZA Study, BMC Health Services Research, (2015) 15:147. Coauthored with Jennifer D. Allen, Laura Tom, Sarah Rustan, Bryan Leyva, Rosalyn Negron, Laura Linnan, Lina Jandorf, and María Idalí Torres.

La ministerialidad del catequista. Book chapter in Catequista, catequesis y kerigma a la luz de la Evangelii Gaudium. Buenos Aires: ISCA, 2014.

Religious beliefs and cancer screening behaviors among Catholic Latinos: Implications for faith-based interventions, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25. 2 (May 2014). Coauthored with Jennifer D. Allen, Bryan Leyva, María Idalí Torres, Laura Tom, Sarah Rustan, and Amanda Bartholomew.

US Latino/a Practical Theological Perspectives. Book chapter in Opening the Field of Practical Theology, edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan and Gordon Mikoski. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Dimensions of Religiousness and Cancer Screening Behaviors Among Church-Going Latinas, Journal of Religion and Health, Volume 53, Issue 1 (2014): 190-203. Coauthored with Jennifer D. Allen, John E. Pérez, Claudia R. Pischke, Laura S. Tom, Alan Juarez, and Elizabeth Gonzalez-Suarez.

Glimpses of Christian Hope Along the Migrant Journey. Book chapter in Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment, edited by Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid, 98-111. New York: Paulist Press, 2013.

Religious Education and the Communal Shaping of a Christian Social Conscience: The Testimony of César Chávez, Religious Education, 108, 4 (July/September 2013).

Healing Brokenness in Multicultural Communities of Faith. Book Chapter in Healing God’s People: Theological and Pastoral Approaches, edited by Thomas A. Kane, Paulist Press, 2013.

The Bible and Catechesis. In The Word of God and Latino Catholics: The Teachings of The Road to Emaus. Book edited by Jean-Pierre Ruiz and Mario J. Paredes, 51-70. New York, NY: American Bible Society, 2012.

Vocation and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministers: Lessons and Insights from Early Conversations about the Identity of the DRE. In In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, edited by William J. Cahoy, 73-95. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.

Análisis comparativo de los documentos Dei Verbum (1965), La Interpretación de La Biblia en La Iglesia (1993) y Verbum Domini (2010): Implicaciones para la tarea catequética de la Iglesia (Comparative analysis of the documents Dei Verbum (1965), The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993), and Verbum Domini (2010): Implications for the Church’ Catechetical Task), 29-51. In Palabra de Dios y Catequesis, edited by Sociedad de Catequetas Latinoamericanos. Quito, Ecuador: SCALA, 2012.


General and Ministerial Publications

Called and Sent to Encuentro: A Pastoral Theological Vision for the Fifth Encuentro Process, Origins, v. 44, n. 43 (April 2015): 705-709.

Engaging Hispanic Youth, Pastoral Liturgy, 45, n.5 (September/October 2014): 9-13.

Popular Catholicism and the New Evangelization, Pastoral Liturgy, 45, n. 4 (July/August 2014): 15-19.

The Church’s Changing Face, Our Sunday Visitor, In Focus, May 18, 2014, 9-12.

Hispanic Catechists and Evangelizers Share the ‘Joy of the Gospel, The Pilot, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Newspaper, April 14, 2014.

Talking about the New Evangelization in the Catholic School, Today’s Catholic Teacher, 42, 3 (November/December 2013): 42-46.

The U.S. Hispanic Catholic Experience and the New Evangelization: Considerations, Pastoral Liturgy, (September/October 2013), 9-15.

Wisdom from the Church in Latin America on the New Evangelization, Pastoral Liturgy, 44, n. 4 (July/August 2013).

The New Evangelization in a Culturally Diverse Church: Culture Matters, Pastoral Liturgy, 44, n. 3 (May/June 2013).

U.S. Latinos and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Boston College, C21 Resources, Spring 2013. 

Bearing Witness: Latinos on the Path to Canonization. Catholic Extension Magazine, (November 2012): 26-31.

The Ministry of Catechetical Leaders in Pluricultural Parishes. Catechetical Leader Magazine, 23, n. 4 (July 2012): 6-10.


Forthcoming Publications

Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church: A Summary Report of Findings from the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. Bilingual edition: English and Spanish. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2015. Coauthored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill. Book

Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Urgent Questions, coedited with Elsie Miranda and Brett Hoover. Convivium Press (2015). Book.

In the Land of Jesus: Meditations, editor. Corby Publishing (2015). Book.

Catechesis and Cultural Diversity (working title). The Essential Catechist’s Bookshelf series. Twenty-Third Publications (2016). Book.

Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families: Insights from the 2014 National Survey, Journal of Catholic Education. Coauthored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill.

Recruiting and Surveying Catholic Parishes for Cancer Control Initiatives: Lessons Learned from the CRUZA Implementation Study,” Health Promotion Practice. Coauthored with Jennifer D. Allen, Sarah Rustan, Laura Tom, Bryan Leyva, Ana Galeas, Rosalyn Negron, and María Idalí Torres.

Leadership Networks in Catholic Parishes: Implications for Implementation Research in Health, Social Science & Medicine. Coauthored with Rosalyn Negron, Bryan Leyva, Jennifer Allen, Laura Tom, and Sarah Rustan.

Evangelizing Latinamente: Insights and Questions from the Latino Half of the Church in the United States. Book chapter in To All the World:  Preaching and the New Evangelization, edited by John S. Marten. Liturgical Press.

Latino Immigrants and the Redefinition of the U.S. Catholic Experience in the Twenty-First Century. Book chapter in Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives, edited by Dominic Pasura and Marta Bivand Erdal. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hispanic Families: Encouraging a Culture of Vocation,  HORIZON, Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference.