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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)



Recent Research Projects

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

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neil) for the 2014 National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. For more information about the study and its report see: Catholic School and Hispanic Families National Study

Ministry with Hispanic Catholic Youth and Young Adults: An edited collection of research-based essays to be published in 2017.


Books and Selected Publications

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

Books (In chronological order)

Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Urgent Matters. Coedited with Elsie Miranda and Brett Hoover. Convivium Press (2016).

Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church: A Summary Report of Findings from the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families. Coauthored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill. Bilingual edition: English and Spanish. Our Sunday Visitor Press (2016).

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).

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

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 and Book Chapters (Last Two Academic years 2014 - 2016) – In chronological order

“Latino Immigrants and the Redefinition of the U.S. Catholic Experience in the Twenty-First Century,” in Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives, edited by Dominic Pasura and Marta Bivand Erdal. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2016).


“Hispanic Ministry and Parish Life,” in Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters, edited by Hosffman Ospino, Elsie Miranda, and Brett Hoover. Convivium Press, 2016. Coauthored with Brett Hoover.


Ospino, Hosffman, “The Unheeded Middle: Catholic Conservative-Liberal Polarities in an Increasingly Hispanic Church.” In Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal, edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny and Charles Camosy. Liturgical Press, 2016.

“Disseminating of Evidence-Based Cancer Control Interventions among Catholic Faith-Based Organizations: Results from the CRUZA Trial,” Implementation Science (2016): 1:11. Coauthored with Allen, Jennifer D., Maria Idalí Torres, Laura S. Tom, Bryan Leyva, and Ana V. Galeas.


“Evangelizing Latinamente: Insights and Questions from the Latino Half of the Church in the United States.” In To All the World:  Preaching and the New Evangelization, edited by Michael Connors. Liturgical Press, 2016.  


“Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families: Insights from the 2014 National Survey,” Journal of Catholic Education, 19, 2 (2016): 54-80. Coauthored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill. Available online at:


“Recruiting and Surveying Catholic Parishes for Cancer Control Initiatives: Lessons Learned from the CRUZA Implementation Study,” Health Promotion Practice, vol. 16, 5 (September 2015): 667-676. Coauthored with Allen, Jennifer D., Sarah Rustan, Laura Tom, Bryan Leyva, Ana Galeas, Rosalyn Negron, and María Idalí Torres.


“The Witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero,” Foreword for book Oscar Romero: Prophet of Hope by Roberto Morozzo Della Rocca. Pauline Books & Media, 2015.


“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 Allen, Jennifer D., Laura Tom, Sarah Rustan, Bryan Leyva, Rosalyn Negron, Laura Linnan, Lina Jandorf, and María Idalí Torres.


“Leadership Networks in Catholic Parishes: Implications for Implementation Research in Health,” Social Science & Medicine, v. 122 (December 2014): 53–62. Coauthored with Rosalyn Negron, Bryan Leyva, Jennifer Allen, Laura Tom, and Sarah Rustan.


“La ministerialidad del catequista.” In Catequista, catequesis y kerigma a la luz de la Evangelii Gaudium. Buenos Aires: ISCA, 2014.


“US Latino/a Practical Theological Perspectives,” in Opening the Field of Practical Theology, edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan and Gordon Mikoski. Rowman & Littlefield, 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): 503-526. Coauthored with Allen, Jennifer D., Bryan Leyva, María Idalí Torres, Laura Tom, Sarah Rustan, and Amanda Bartholomew.

General and Ministerial Publications

“The Treasure of Hispanic Catholicism,” C21 Resources, Church in the 21st Century Center Guest-Editor for Spring 2016 issue. Available here.  

“American and Catholic in an Increasingly Hispanic Church” Boston College, C21 Resources, (Spring 2016): 3-5.


“Master Catechist: Pope Francis’ Pedagogy of Mercy” Catechetical Leader Magazine, 27, 2 (April 2016).


“Affirming a Vocation Culture in Hispanic Families” HORIZON, Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference, n. 4 (Fall 2015): 13-19.  


“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.


“Catholic Education and Hispanic Catholics in the 21st Century: Old and New Questions,” Momentum, 45, 3 (September/October 2014): 32-33.


“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.


Forthcoming Publications

For a complete list of current writing projects and forthcoming publications, see the document Hosffman Ospino – Publications above.