Devotion to the Blessed Mother is at the heart of Hispanic Catholicism. Timothy Matovina, chairman of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame and former codirector of the Institute for Latino Studies, offers a short introduction to the important role of Mary in Catholic faith. This new addition to Ave Maria Press’s Recursos para el ministerio hispano series provides lay ministers, catechists, and others in ministry with a grounding in contemporary theology about Mary that is necessary for pastoral ministry.
Hispanic Catholics have a deep devotion to Mary and rightly understand her as their model of faith, their intercessor, and their loving mother who cares for them throughout their lives. With clarity, pastoral wisdom, and personal warmth, Timothy Matovina draws on his experience of Latino culture and decades of working directly with parishes that have large Hispanic populations to provide a cogent introduction to the place of Mary in faith and theology. Five chapters present Mary in
- the gospels;
- the four Marian dogmas;
- contemporary teaching of the Church;
- devotion, the liturgy, and the communion of the saints; and
- Hispanic spirituality.
Each chapter contains suggestions for additional reading in the scriptures and official Church documents. Questions for discussion and reflection are also included.
While many Spanish-language resources are imported from other countries, this book emerges from the pastoral reality of Hispanic Catholics in the United States.
This booklet is only available in Spanish.
About the Author
Timoteo Matovina es profesor y director del departamento de teología en la Universidad de Notre Dame. Ha dado presentaciones sobre temas pastorales y teológicos en muchos institutos pastorales, diócesis y programas de formación. El tema principal de su trabajo es católicos latinos, especialmente sus tradiciones religiosas, teología, historia, y ministerio pastoral. Sus numerosas publicaciones incluyen 20 libros, varios de ellos premiados. Tres de sus libros anteriores son en español: Ministerio Hispano: Una introducción, Catolicismo Latino: La transformación de la Iglesia en Estados Unidos y Camino a Emaús: Compartiendo el ministerio de Jesús. Los estudiantes hispanos de Notre Dame le han honrado con el Premio Julián Samora, la cual se presenta a un profesor muy entregado al pueblo latino.
Timothy Matovina is professor and chair of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame, where he previously served as codirector of the Institute for Latino Studies. He specializes in US Catholic and US Latino theology and religion. He has written numerous books and articles about U.S. Hispanic Catholic history, theology, ministry, and religious traditions. Matovina’s most recent books include Ministerio Hispano: Una introducción and Theologies of Guadalupe: From the Era of Conquest to Pope Francis. Research support for Matovina’s work includes grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and the Association of Theological Schools. In 2010, Matovina received the Virgilio Elizondo Award from the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. He has won two teaching awards at Notre Dame, including the Julian Samora Award. Matovina gives presentations and workshops on US Catholicism and Latino ministry and theology throughout the United States.