Rodriguez Receives Virgilio Elizondo Award

Written by Laura Paskin
June 4, 2014

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez received the Virgilio Elizondo award by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACTHUS). The award, presented by ACTHUS President Dr. Jorge Aquino on June 3, 2014, recognizes her “distinguished achievement in theology.” ACTHUS is an association of scholars dedicated to promoting research and critical theological reflection within the context of the U.S. Hispanic experience.

“Virgilio Elizondo is a recognized spiritual leader and pastor and godfather of U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a theology,” said Rodriguez. "It is an honor to receive this award that bears his name."

Rodriguez, who joined the faculty in 1990, teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Theology and Ministry. She has been chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, held the Wismer Chair and the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, and founded the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. She was named the 2013 James B. McGoldrick Fellow in recognition of her teaching, scholarship, and service by Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

Rodriguez is an outstanding teacher and prolific scholar, focusing her research on Latin American theology and religion, gender, and cultural diversity.  Her latest book, Lifting Songs to Pierce the Sky: Haudenosaunee Women and the Sisterhood of Clanships (SUNY Press), is due out in 2015.