As an aspiring activist scholar of faith, I hope to bring together my passion for social justice and interfaith collaboration in my writing and in my actions, specifically around areas of practical theology, sexuality, and violence. As a lay religious professional, I am committed to faithful and critical engagement of Church teaching and practices--engaging counter-narratives and alternative interpretations. In my study and practice of theology, I have made efforts to give voice to individuals who are marginalized in society and to find ways to create Catholic approaches to theology that invite dialogue and embodiment. In my faith journey, I have been inspired with the lived witnesses of Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Calcutta, Oscar Romero, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, and Marcella Althus-Reid--spiritual teachers who have taught me how to creatively and radically use my voice to bring about transformation in the church, society, and even at YDS.
My studies at YDS have helped me shape and embrace a multi-vocalic identity that is rooted in Catholic principles and in my Latino heritage yet open to insights provided by other faith traditions and cultures. YDS has been a place that has challenged me to consider new ideas while also creating a space for me to challenge YDS to think, pray, and laugh outside the box. My goal as a religious professional is to continue to learn how to create sanctuaries through liturgy, individual engagement, teaching, policy development, and programming that embraces, affirms, and celebrates the complexity, messiness, and holiness of our multiple identities and struggles.