Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Graduate Theological Union
Field of Study: Practical Theology
As Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at Santa Clara University Jesuit School of Theology, Fr. Fernandez teaches such courses as Church, Mission and Cultures; Hispanic Theology Seminar; Hispanic Religious Expressions; and Mestizo Spirituality and Art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and enculturation and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts.
In addition to teaching, Fr. Fernandez recently served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and has authored several books, including La Vida Sacra: Contemporary Hispanic Sacramental Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006) with James Empereur, S.J.; Mexican-American Catholics (Paulist Press, 2007); La Cosecha: Harvesting Contemporary U.S. Hispanic Theology (Collegeville: Michael Glazer, 2000); and U.S. Catholic Hispanic Trends and Works (University of Scranton Press, 2002) with Kenneth Davis and Veronica Mendez. He has also published articles for theological publications and collaborates with several local diocesan lay institutes.