Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education
Chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry
Dr. Hosffman Ospino is a native of Colombia where he pursued undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He holds an M.A. in theology with concentration in Church History and a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College. His research explores the dialogue between faith and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has served as the principal investigator for several nationally recognized studies on how the Hispanic Catholic presence is transforming parishes, schools and organizations. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books. He is a frequent speaker at national and international events. He is actively involved in ministry and faith formation projects in various parts of the United States.
Investigator for National Study of Catholic Organizations Serving Hispanic Youth. See report: Ministry with Young Hispanic Catholics: Towards a Recipe for Growth and Success (Ospino, 2023)
For a complete list of publications, including articles and book chapters see: Hosffman Ospino – Publications
Called to Witness Hope: The Ministry of Catechist. Paulist Press (2023). Also in Spanish: Llamados a ser testigos de la esperanza: El ministerio de catequista.
Formative Theological Education. Coedited with Colleen Griffith. Paulist Press (2023).
Young Latino Catholics: Stories of Faith. Edited with Timothy Matovina. Paulist Press (2022).
Reflexiones: Hispanic Ministry. Coauthored with Timothy Matovina. Paulist Press (2021).
Together Along the Way: Conversations inspired by the Directory for Catechesis. Coedited with Theresa O’Keefe. Crossroad (2021).
2022: NCADDHM 30th Anniversary National Recognition Award for contributions to Hispanic Ministry and Theology. Granted by the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM).
2022 and 2018: First Place, Best Regular Column: General Commentary. Catholic News Service bilingual column, “Journeying Together/Caminando Juntos.” Granted by the Catholic Press Association.
2021: Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research. Granted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
2018: Virgilio Elizondo Award. Awarded to an individual for distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the Academy. Granted by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).
2018: Lumen Gentium Award. In recognition of distinguished pastoral leadership in the utilization of planning and broad consultative processes, influencing a significant number of people, structures and programs, and for showing initiative and creativity while raising awareness of the principles of the document Lumen Gentium. Granted by the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development.
2018: Cheverus Award. In recogniztion for dedicated service to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Boston. Granted by the Archdiocese of Boston.
2018: Second Place, Excellence in Publication, Best Book in Spanish. El Credo: Un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia (Ave María Press). Granted by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
2016: NCCL Catechetical Award. In recognition for dedicated service to the Catholic Church with ongoing pioneering spirit and innovative vision in the ministries of catechesis and evangelization, living and witnessing to the Catholic faith through media and its many forms. Granted by National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).
2014: Most Influential Catholic of the Year in the category of Researcher, Professor. Recognized as such by Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.
2007: New Theology Review Essay Award in Theological Reflection. Granted by New Theology Review.