Nancy Pineda-Madrid, chair of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University, will take office as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America on June 16 in Baltimore, marking a significant milestone in her distinguished career. Pineda-Madrid succeeds Kristin Heyer, professor of theology at Boston College, and is the second Latina to be president-elect and president of CTSA since the society’s founding in 1946.

For Pineda-Madrid, this appointment is a “privilege beyond measure.” She attributes her growth as a theologian primarily to her CTSA colleagues. “CTSA members have shaped and mentored my thinking over the years, and I owe much of what I have achieved in the field of theology to my many CTSA colleagues,” she said.

CTSA, the world’s largest academic society of Catholic theologians with more than 1,100 members, was primarily comprised of priests. Today, it strives to be welcoming of diversity in all its forms. To become a member, one must have a doctorate in theology or a related discipline.

Pineda-Madrid is a feminist theologian who researches the Latinax faith experience and the possibilities that Catholic theology offers in response to the world’s injustices. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in El Paso, Texas, Pineda-Madrid’s Mexican ancestry on both sides of her family, as well as her experiences working as a pastoral minister in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico, have significantly influenced her work.

“I am committed not only to taking women’s experiences seriously, but also to making women’s flourishing and fullness of life a measure of my theological work,” said Pineda-Madrid. “One of the greatest affronts to the fullness of women’s lives is arguably the horrific violence known as feminicide, the systematic killing of women because they are women.”

….Her current book project employs a feminist lens to offer a theological interpretation of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

As president-elect of the CTSA, Pineda-Madrid selected “Social Salvation” as the theme of this year’s convention in Baltimore….

Pineda-Madrid joined CTSA in 1999 as an associate member while earning her Ph.D. in systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union, and she transitioned to a full member in 2005. Over the years, she has been active on various CTSA committees, with notable contributions including organizing a 2005 selected session titled “Resurrection of the Body in Feminist Theology,” where renowned theologians Rosemary Radford Ruether and Elizabeth Johnson presented their work on resurrection….

From Loyola-Marymount