Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Dr. Hosffman Ospino

The vision of Dr. Hosffman Ospino (Boston College) and Dr. Timothy Matovina (University of Notre Dame), Haciendo Caminos is a response to the ever-growing population of Hispanic Catholics in parishes, schools, and other ministerial spaces, and the need to accompany these communities. Haciendo Caminos is also a response to the consequent need to invest in the talents and leadership of new generations of pastoral leaders firmly grounded in the cultural and religious experience of the emerging generations of Hispanic Catholics in the United States. As the U.S. Catholic Church becomes increasingly Latino/a, we seek to increase knowledge of and interest in ministerial professions among a new generation of young adults and reduce barriers towards their graduate-level theological education.

“If the Catholic community in the United States wants to have a vibrant and fruitful future during the rest of this century, we must turn our attention and resources immediately to serve and accompany Hispanic youth and young adults. This is not an option but an imperative, given the size of this population within the Church.”

- Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Ministry with Young Hispanic Catholics, 2023

Committed to a spirit of collaboration and the formation of the next generation of Hispanic Catholic pastoral leaders in the United States, Haciendo Caminos partner  institutions support and accompany students in a way that is holistic and en conjunto. Haciendo Caminos fellows:

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    Dr. Timothy Matovina
    Engage in graduate theological formation leading to the completion of a master's degree in a partner institution
  • Develop pastoral leadership skills to serve effectively in ministerially diverse contexts
  • Receive financial support to cover some personal expenses and participate in professional development opportunities
  • Meet other Latino/a young adult Catholic leaders from around the United States
  • Connect with local mentors and ministerial partners

Partner Institutions

Summer Events

Vocations Summit

From Wednesday, July 31st to Saturday, August 3rd, 2024, Haciendo Caminos will collaborate with the PASOS Network to host a national vocations summit for young Hispanic Catholics who are interested in discerning a call to ministry in the Church. The Vocations Summit will be held at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

Attendees will have the opportunity to converse and discern with other young Hispanic Catholics,  hear from some of the nation’s leading ministers and scholars in Hispanic Catholic ministry, learn more about Haciendo Caminos, and meet representatives from each of the 18 Haciendo Caminos partner institutions. 

Summer Symposia

In 2025, Haciendo Caminos Fellows will have the opportunity to gather with one another for joint formation and fellowship at Summer Symposia: two-week long gatherings combining credit-bearing theological and ministerial classes and mutual, holistic enrichment.

Steering Commitee

Juan Miguel Alvarez, MDiv

Director, Haciendo Caminos, University of Notre Dame

Javier Clavere, DMA

Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word

Maura Colleary, MEd

Associate Dean, Finance, & Administration, Boston College

Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, PhD                                                  

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Brett Hoover, PhD Associate Professor of Pastoral and Practical Theology, Loyola Marymount University
Timothy Matovina, PhD Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Hosffman Ospino, PhD Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education Chair, Boston College
Jorge Presmanes, OP, DMin Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry, Barry University
Michael A. Romero, PhD Director, Pastoral Institute, University of the Incarnate Word
Rebecca Ruvalcaba, MDiv Director of Pastoral Formation, Master of Divinity Program, University of Notre Dame
Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD Professor of Theology and Department Chair, Barry University
Chris Tirres, PhD

Buckley Visiting Chair in Latinx Theology, Santa Clara University

Cecilia Titizano La Fuente, PhD

Director of Latina/o Theology and Ministry Leadership Network, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

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Juan Miguel Alvarez, MDiv, Director of Haciendo Caminos


For more information, please contact Juan Miguel Alvarez at jalvare5@nd.edu