Elizondo, Virgil P. 1935-

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ELIZONDO, Virgil P. 1935-


Born August 25, 1935, in San Antonio, TX. Education: St. Mary's University (San Antonio, TX), bachelor's degree, 1959; attended Assumption Seminary, beginning 1959; Ateneo de Manila University, M.A., 1969; Institut Catholique, Paris, France, two doctorates.


Office—Mexican American Cultural Center, Assumption Seminary, 3000 West French Pl., San Antonio, TX 78228.


Ordained Roman Catholic priest, 1965; Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, TX, dean of students, beginning 1969, organizer of Mexican American Cultural Center, 1972—. San Fernando Cathedral, rector and presenter of the weekly televised mass Misa de las Américas.


Padres Asociados para Derechos Religiosos, Educativos, y Sociales (founding member).


Laetare Medal, University of Notre Dame, 1997.


A Search for Meaning in Life and Death, East Asian Pastoral Institute (Manila, Philippines), 1971, published as The Human Quest: A Search for Meaning through Life and Death, Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, IN), 1978.

Christianity and Culture: An Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry for the Bicultural Community, Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, IN), 1975.

Mestizaje: The Dialectic of Cultural Birth and the Gospel; A Study in the Intercultural Dimension of Evangelization, three volumes, Mexican American Cultural Center, Assumption Seminary (San Antonio, TX), 1978.

(With Angela Erevia) Our Hispanic Pilgrimage, Mexican-American Cultural Center, Assumption Seminary (San Antonio, TX), 1980.

La Morenita, evangelizadora de las Américas, Liguori Publications (Liguori, MO), 1981.

Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1983, revised edition, 2000.

The Future Is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet, Meyer-Stone Books (Oak Park, IL), 1988, revised edition, University Press of Colorado (Boulder, CO), 2000.

Guadalupe, Mother of the New Creation, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1997.

(With Timothy M. Matovina) Mestizo Worship: A Pastoral Approach to Liturgical Ministry, Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN), 1998.

(With Timothy M. Matovina) San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1998.

Beyond Borders: Writings of Virgilio Elizondo and Friends, edited by Timothy M. Matovina, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 2000.

(With Bernard J. Lee, William V. D'Antonio, and others) The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities, Paulist Press (New York, NY), 2000.


(With Norbert Greinacher) Women in a Men's Church, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1980.

(With Norbert Greinacher) Tensions between the Churches in the First World and the Third World, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1981.

(With Norbert Greinacher) Churches in Socialist Societies of Eastern Europe, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1982.

(With Norbert Greinacher) Church and Peace, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1983.

(With Claude Geffré and Gustavo Gutiérrez) Difference Theologies, Common Responsibility: Babel or Pentecost?, T. and T. Clark (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1984.

(With Leonardo Boff) The People of God Amidst the Poor, T. and T. Clark (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1984.

(With Norbert Greinacher) The Transmission of the Faith to the Next Generation, T. and T. Clark (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1984.

(With Leonardo Boff) Option for the Poor: Challenge to the Rich Countries, T. and T. Clark (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1986.

(With Leonardo Boff) Convergences and Differences, T. and T. Clark (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1988.

(With Leonardo Boff) 1492-1992: The Voice of the Victims, Trinity Press International (Philadelphia, PA), 1990.

Way of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in the Americas, translated by John Drury, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1992.

(With Leonardo Boff) Any Room for Christ in Asia?, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1993.

(With Leonardo Boff; and contributor) Ecology and Poverty: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1995.

(With Sean Freyne) Pilgrimage, Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 1996.

Editor of the book series "Concilium."



Religious Leaders of America, 2nd edition, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1999.


Houston Chronicle, March 15, 1997, "Texas Priest to Get Notre Dame Medal," p. 3.

National Catholic Reporter, May 16, 1997, Sally Cunneen, review of Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation, p. 13.

Review of Politics, summer, 1998, John Francis Burke, "U.S. Hispanic Theology and the Politics of Border Crossings: 'We Hold These Truths' from La Frontera," p. 563.*

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