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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
9 Lake Street, Room 315


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


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 2014
TMPS 7090 Ministry in a Diverse Church: Latino Perspectives and Beyond
THEO 102308 Exploring Catholicism I: Tradition and Transformation

Spring 2015
TMRE 7053 Spiritual Sources of Catholic Education and Catechesis
THEO 102408 Exploring Catholicism II: Tradition and Transformation

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-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.

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

Book on parishes with Hispanic ministry (Liturgical Press, in progress)

Books and Selected Publications (2011-2014)

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

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.

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
Ospino, Hosffman, “US Latino/a Practical Theological Perspectives,” 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. Co-authored with Jennifer D. Allen, John E. Pérez, Claudia R. Pischke, Laura S. Tom, Alan Juarez, and Elizabeth Gonzalez-Suarez.

Ospino, Hosffman, “Glimpses of Christian Hope Along the Migrant Journey,” 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
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.

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
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 (2014). Co-authored with Jennifer D. Allen, Bryan Leyva, María Idalí Torres, Hosffman Ospino, Laura Tom, Sarah Rustan, and Amanda Bartholomew.

U.S. Hispanic Catholic Youth and the New Evangelization, Pastoral Liturgy (2014).

Popular Catholicism and the New Evangelization, Pastoral Liturgy (2014). 

In the Land of Jesus: Meditations. South Bend, IN: Corbis Books. Editor. (2014). Book.

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

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