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School of Theology and Ministry

Hosffman Ospino

assistant professor of hispanic ministry and religious education


Contact Information:
Office: 315
Email: Office Phone: 617-552-0119

Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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

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 2013
TM 767- Ministry in a Diverse Church: Latino Perspectives and Beyond
TM 717 - Education of Christians: Past, Present, and Future

Spring 2014
Research leave

Other Courses
TM 452 Contextual Theologies: Faith, Praxis, and Culture in Dialogue
TM 830- Religious Education, Ministry and Culture


Current Research Projects:

Principal Investigator for the two-year (2011-2013) National Study of Catholic Parishes in the United States (NSCPHM). Results from the study will be released at the end of 2013.

Co-investigator for the CRUZA project, a research initiative in collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Mauricio Gastón Institute at UMASS to foster partnerships with Catholic churches to prevent cancer among Latinos living in Massachusetts.

Presently writing a book on Catholic multicultural congregations (Fordham University Press).


Books and Selected Publications (2011-2013):

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



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.

This book explores the idea of Christian discipleship in our contemporary society through the lenses of the theological virtues, faith, hope, and charity. A great resource for adult faith formation, RCIA, spirituality programs, and leadership formation initiatives in ministerial settings.

Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Present and Future, editor. Convivium Press, 2010.
Edited collection of essays exploring the current situation of Catholic Hispanic Ministry in the United States and proposing directions for the immediate future. The book is a one volume resource in English and Spanish. Dr. Ospino wrote the chapter on Hispanic Ministry, Religious Education, and Evangelization and co-authored the essay on Hispanic Ministry and Leadership Formation.


Academic Articles, Book Chapters:

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:

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.

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe. Catechetical Leader Magazine, 22, n. 2 (July 2011): 13, 28.

The Eucharist: Source and Fulfillment of Catechetical Teaching.” Article commissioned by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) for its 75th Annual Meeting in 2011. Catechetical Leader Magazine, 22, n. 1 (June 2011): 4-9.

Catechesis, Diversity, and Culture: The Importance of (Re)Definitions.” New Theology Review, 24, n. 1 (February 2011): 5-19.

Forthcoming Publications:

Evangelización y catequesis en el ministerio hispano (Evangelization and Catechesis in the context of Hispanic Ministry; [working title]); Liguori Publications, 2013. Book. 

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

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

The U.S. Latino/a Theologian as Bearer of (the) Good News, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, 2013.

U.S. Latino/a Practical Theology. Chapter in Opening the Field of Practical Theology, edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan and Gordon Mikoski. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2014.