Time tags professor a future leader

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

Father Virgilio Elizondo, associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies and a visiting professor of theology, is one of the nation’s leading spiritual innovators, according to Time magazine.

Time has been running a series of articles spotlighting men and women in 18 fields who the magazine feels are likely to be especially influential in the future.

Elizondo, who joined the faculty last year, was recognized for developing a theology that speaks to the faith of mestizo people (those of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry). At the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, he made Mexican religious customs and traditions a component of the Mass, and he started an internationally televised bilingual service.