Dr. Hosffman Ospino is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry. His research concentrates on the dialogue between theology and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these areas and once worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education in his native Colombia. Besides publishing numerous essays, Dr. Ospino is the author several books, including Cultural Diversity and Paradigm Shifts in Catholic Congregations (Fordham University Press, forthcoming), Evangelization and Catechesis in the Context of Hispanic Ministry (Liguori, 2013, in Spanish), the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010), and coeditor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Urgent Matters(2015). He served as the Principal Investigator of the first ever National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry (conducted between 2011-2014) whose report was published as Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). He also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families (results to be released in October 2015). Dr. Ospino is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).
As part of his service to the Fifth Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina, he serves in three capacities: 1) a member of the Core Team, 2) Co-Chair for the Process Committee, and 3) a member of ENAHVE. Hosffman had the honor of authoring Called and Sent to Encuentro: A Pastoral Theological Vision for the Fifth Encuentro Process. This document is being used in the various trainings at various levels nationwide to focus the conversation about the Fifth Encuentro and inspire important conversations related with the New Evangelization in an increasingly Hispanic Church in the united States. He also contributes research on Hispanic ministry, which is yielding important fruits and changing key conversation about the American Catholic experience in the twenty-first century.
“I believe that the process of the Fifth Encuentro de Pastoral Hispana/Latina is a Kairos for the Catholic Church in the United States. This is a time of many transitions and many opportunities. I have many hopes for the V Encuentro. Among these, I look forward to Hispanic Catholics increasingly embracing our role of protagonistas of the New Evangelization working alongside our sisters and brothers of the various cultural families that constitute the Church in the country to be authentic witnesses of the Gospel. I also hope that this process renews the energy of the Church throughout the country to embrace our call to being missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in every corner where the love of God needs to be proclaimed, especially among the young and those who are most in need.”
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