Virgilio P. Elizondo

Virgilio P. Elizondo

Endowed Professor
Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology; Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies and Kellogg Institute,
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology


S.T.D./Ph.D Institut Catholique, Paris, France, 1978

M.A. Degree in Pastoral Studies from the Ateneo University, Manila 1969

Diploma in Pastoral Catechetics from the East Asian Pastoral Institute 1969

B.S. Degree with a major in Chemistry from St. Mary's University, 1957.

Honorary degrees: Barat College of DePaul University, Chicago, 2003; Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, 2002; St. Mary's University San Antonio, 1998; The Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, 1984; Sienna Heights College, Adrian, MI, 1979; Doctor of Theology, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 2008; Doctor of Humanities, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, 2001; Doctor of Humane Letters, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, 1992.

Research and Teaching Interests

Elizondo's scholarly interests are in the areas of theology, evangelization, faith and spirituality, culture and public ritual. His latest book is edited with Timothy Matovina and Allan Figueroa Deck, The Treasures of Guadalupe; Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States, edited with Gastón Espinosa and Jesse Miranda; A God of Incredible Surprises, Jesus of Galilee, focuses on the humanity of Jesus and the healing his life offers to us and our world today (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City (authored with Tim Matovina, 1998) breaks new ground both in religious and secular studies; as the author of nine other books, he is recognized in the religious and academic world as "The father of U.S. Latino Religious Thought."

Recent Publications


Ed. with Timothy Matovina and Allan Figueroa Deck. 2006. The Treasure of Guadalupe. Rowman & Littlefield.

Ed. with Gastón Espinosa and Jesse Miranda. 2005. Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

With Eva Flieschner and Jacques Audinet. 2005. Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise. New York: Orbis Books.

2003. A God of Incredible Surprises, Jesus of Galilee. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

2002. El Caminar del Galileo, Spanish edition. Mexican American Cultural Center.

2002. The Way of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in the Americas. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

2002. Un Retiro con Juan Diego y María de Guadalupe, Spanish edition. Grupo, 2002.

2000. The Future is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet. Denver: University Press of Colorado.

With Timothy Matovina. 1999. San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City. New York: Orbis Press.

With Timothy Matovina. 1998. Mestizo Worship. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.

1997. Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation. New York: Orbis Press.


Director and Producer. 2006. Soy Católico, (26-part video series).

Narrator. 2005. Visions of Mary (video program). The History Channel.

Producer: 2004. Rituales Populares de Semana (video program). Santa Vida Productions.

Director and Producer. 2002. The Truth of Juan Diego (video program). 


Elizondo’s writings on the interplay between culture and religion, namely Galilean Journey: The Mexican American Promise (in its eighth edition, Orbis Press, 2000); The Future is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet (sixth edition, Colorado Press, 2000) and Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation (in its third edition within the first year of publication) are widely used in major universities around the country. He has edited Concilium (published in seven languages). Since 1995, he has published numerous articles and has presented over 32 keynotes and special lectures throughout the United States and abroad. Fr. Elizondo has been very instrumental in TV work and video productions and is considered the leading interpreter of U.S. Latino religion by the national and international media. In 1997, he received the Laetare Medal, the highest honor of the University of Notre Dame. Elizondo has also been a visiting professor at various major universities and pastoral institutes throughout the United States and the world.





Administrative Support:
María Elena Bessignano
Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame
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