The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and faculty member Jesuit Father Eduardo Fernandez will be honored by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians (ACHTUS).
One award, the ACHTUS award, goes to an organization or institution singled out for contributions to theology in keeping with the mission of the academy; the other, the Virgilio Elizondro award, named after Notre Dame professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology and Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara board member, is given to a person singled out “for distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the academy.
The awards will be given out at the ACHTUS’s annual colloquium next month in San Jose, CA.
Jesuit Father Kevin Burke, dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, said in an email he was particularly proud of the awards as they recognize steps taken at the theology school to mentor promising Latino/Latina scholars. He said the awards in particular recognize efforts at Santa Clara’s Hispanic Institute to help form the next generation of Latino/Latina pastoral agents.
“In addition, we have been blessed to host a growing number of Jesuit scholastics from Mexico and Latin America who are completing their priestly formation or further theological studies with us,” Burke said.
Work of the Institute was featured last September in NCR.