Virgilio Elizondo

The Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology

Fr Virgilio Elizondo

From humble beginnings as the son of struggling Mexican immigrants, Rev. Virgilio Elizondo grew up to be the recognized "father of U.S. Latino religious thought," hailed by Time magazine as one of the top spiritual innovators of the 21st century.

Remarkably, Elizondo is equally renowned for his capacities as priest, humanitarian, and scholar. He has celebrated Mass before a television audience of more than six million households and has participated in many other television and video productions. He is considered the leading interpreter of U.S. Latino religion by the national and international media.

Elizondo speaks seven languages, has written numerous books and articles, and has presented more than 40 keynotes and special lectures around the globe. He has received several prestigious awards for his work on behalf of immigrants and the Mexican-American community, and in 1997 he received the Laetare Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Notre Dame.

Elizondo's recent publications include: A God of Incredible Surprises (2003); "Galilean Journey" The Mexican-American Promise (2000); and Follow Me, a Notre Dame pilgrimage through the Holy Land, a 14-part video series by CTSA TV featuring Notre Dame students through the Holy Land.