Timothy Matovina

Timothy Matovina

Department Chair
History of Christianity


B.A., Indiana University, 1978

M.Div., Toronto School of Theology, 1983

Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 1993

Research and Teaching Interests

Timothy Matovina works in the area of Theology and Culture, with specialization in U.S. Catholic and U.S. Latino theology and religion. His most recent books are Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church (Princeton, 2012), the edited volume Virgilio Elizondo: Spiritual Writings (Orbis, 2010), and Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present (Johns Hopkins, 2005). Latino Catholicism has won five book awards, including selection as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012. Research support for Matovina’s work encompasses competitive grant awards from nearly every major funding source that supports academic work in theology and religion, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and the Association of Theological Schools. Among his various scholarly awards, in 2010 Matovina received the Virgilio Elizondo Award “for distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the Academy” from the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). At Notre Dame he has won two teaching awards, including the Julian Samora Award that members of Notre Dame’s La Alianza student organization confer on a faculty member whose research, teaching, and service advance knowledge and empowerment of Latino/a students and communities. In addition to his scholarly work, Matovina offers presentations and workshops on U.S. Catholicism and Latino ministry and theology throughout the United States.

Recent Publications

2016: “Striving to Build a Culture of Peace.” Lead author among an international group of editorial collaborators. Chap. in Fifty Years after the Vatican II Council. Paris: International Federation of Catholic Universities, 2016, pp. 99-116.Ed. Virgilio Elizondo: Spiritual Writings. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2010.
Co-edited with Virgilio Elizondo. 2014. New Frontiers in Guadalupan Studies. Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

Co-edited with Jesús F. de la Teja. 2013. Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History. Austin: University of Texas Press.

2012. Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

With Virgilio Elizondo. 2012. San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998. Reprint edition, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012.

2009. Beyond Borders: Writings of Virgilio Elizondo and Friends. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2000. Reprint edition, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009.
Co-edited with Virgilio Elizondo and Allan Figueroa Deck. 2006. The Treasure of Guadalupe. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
2005. Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Co-edited with Gary Riebe-Estrella. 2002. Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Co-edited with Gerald E. Poyo. 2002. ¡Presente! U.S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2000.
Co-edited with Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Nina M.Torres-Vidal. Camino a Emaús: Compartiendo el ministerio de Jesús. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress and Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
With Virgilio Elizondo.1998. Mestizo Worship: A Pastoral Approach to Liturgical Ministry. Virgilio Elizondo, co-author. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
1995. Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860. Austin: University of Texas Press.
1995. The Alamo Remembered: Tejano Accounts and Perspectives. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Book Chapters:
2016: “Marianism in Latin America.” Entry for The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America. Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Paul Freston, and Stephen C. Dove, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 319-330.
2016: “Striving to Build a Culture of Peace.” Lead author among an international group of editorial collaborators. Chap. in Fifty Years after the Vatican II Council. Paris: International Federation of Catholic Universities, 2016, pp. 99-116.

2013. “Endurance and Transformation: Horizons of Latino Faith.” In American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study, pp. 122-36.  Washington, D.C.: National Park System Advisory Board.

2012. “Horizons of Faith: San Antonio Tejanos in the Texas Republic.” In By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History. James D. Bratt, ed, pp. 60-82.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2010. “Hispanic Ministry and U.S. Catholicism.” In Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future. Hosffman Ospino, ed., pp. 33-54. Miami: Convivium.
2010. “La Capilla de Nuestro Señor de los Milagros: Encountering Christ at a Texas Shrine.” In Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion. Harold J. Recinos and Hugo Magallanes, eds., pp. 190-206. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.
2016: “Our Lady of Guadalupe Is a Missionary of Mercy.” U.S. Catholic, 8 December 2016, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201612/our-lady-guadalupe-missionary-mercy-30858.
2014. “Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Refuge for Many, a Feast for All to Celebrate.” Pastoral Liturgy 45 September/October 2014: pp. 4-8.

2014. “The Origins of the Guadalupe Tradition in Mexico.” Catholic Historical Review 100 Spring 2014: pp. 243-270.

2013. “The First Guadalupan Pastoral Manual: Luis Laso de la Vega’s Huei tlamahuiçoltica (1649).” Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 40 December 2013: pp. 159-177.

2013. “Priests, Prelates, and Pastoral Ministry among Ethnic Mexicans: San Antonio, 1840-1940.” American Catholic Studies 124 Spring 2013: pp. 1-20.

2012. “Migration Matters: Perspective from Theology and Religious Studies.” Co-authored with Thomas Tweed. Apuntes: Reflexiones teológicas desde el contexto Hispano-Latino 32 (Spring 2012): pp. 4-20.

2012. “Forum: American Religion and the Old and New Immigration.” Co-authored with Jenna Weissman Joselit, Roberto Suro, and Fenggang Yang. Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 22 Winter 2012: pp. 1-30.

2011. “Latino Catholic Biography.” U.S. Catholic Historian 29 Summer 2011: pp. 59-66.

2010.  “Remapping American Catholicism.” U.S. Catholic Historian 28 Fall 2010: pp. 31-72.




CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title; College Theology Society Best Book Award; First Place, Catholic Press Association Book Awards, History Category; Paul J. Foik, C.S.C. Award of the Texas Catholic Historical Society. For Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church.




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