At the annual colloquium of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), Dr. Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, was presented with the Virgilio Elizondo Award in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 6. The Virgilio Elizondo Award is awarded to an individual “for distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the Academy.”
Associate professor of theology at Santa Clara University, Dr. Pineda has received many honors: the Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence from Barry University and The Oscar Romero Founder’s Award from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) for establishing the Oscar Romero Scholarship Program. She is a former president of ACHTUS and one of the founding members of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). She holds two doctorates (1) an STD in Pastoral Theology from la Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca en España; and, (2) an honorary doctorate in Theology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
Mentoring others has been important to her. She was the first Latina to serve on the board of the Louisville Institute, where she assisted in the development of the Minority Scholars Consultation.
On receiving the award, she said, “I am deeply moved because it is an award that brings Virgilio Elizondo into the embrace of this community…makes him present…and reminds me of his love for us, his dedication to the mentoring of future Hispanic theologians…his over all pioneering efforts in U.S. Hispanic theology, in ways which dignified not only our Latino/a communities and all that they represent, but also that of other marginalized and silenced communities.”
Her publications include her recent book, “Romero & Grande: Companions on the Journey” (2016); and her co-edited collection, “Dialogue Rejoined: Theology and Ministry in the U.S. Hispanic Reality” (1995), co-edited with Robert Schreiter. In addition, she has published over thirty articles and book chapters. Currently, she is working on a book on Rutilio Grande, SJ.