Hi, Hola I am Fr. Claudio Burgaleta, a Jesuit priest and director of Latino Studies at the GSRRE. Thanks for visiting us on the web. The GSRRE offers a concentration in Latino Studies both in the MA and DMin degrees. Following the recommendations of the US Catholic bishops on lay ecclesial ministry formation we build on a solid theological core of such courses as introduction to both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures, Christology, Theology of the Church, Sacraments, and Pastoral Theology.
With regards to specific courses dealing with the Latino reality in the United States, all students take courses in Latino Ministry and US Latino Theology. Our program is an interdisciplinary program. We avail ourselves to the resources of Fordham University’s various professional and other graduate schools, especially the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A variety of graduate courses touching on the Latino reality are offered through these schools that students may take as part of their studies. For example, Liberation Theology, Latino New York, which examines the artistic production of Latinos in NYC, among other graduate courses.
Building on Fordham’s tradition of reaching out to the Puerto Rican community in the 1960’s with the work of the renown sociologist the late Fr. Joseph Fitzpatrick, S.J., the GSRRE supports students in Latino Studies who need financial assistance through a scholarship fund named after this great advocate for Latinos in the US.
The GSRRE is also committed to support Latino ministry outside of the classroom through such initiatives as lectures and visiting professors about Latino ministry topics. In addition in the Fall of 2009 and the Fall of 2010 the GSRRE is sponsoring a convocation and symposium on pastoral de conjunto in the NY Metropolitan area. New and exciting possibilities await you if you wish to prepare yourself to serve the fastest growing group in the Church at the GSRRE. Won’t you join us? We would love to have you. Bienvenido/a y que Dios te bendiga.
Rev. Claudio Burgaleta, S.J.