Father Allan Deck, SJ
Presentation: “Re-configuring the Priesthood in Times of Epochal Change”
The ministerial priesthood is at the forefront of ecclesial reform today in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has vigorously taken up the mantle of reform insisting on one common identity for all the baptized, namely, that of “missionary disciples.” The ministerial priesthood is thus being invited to develop spiritually and to reconfigure itself in ways that reflect its missiological and evangelizing character in a time of unprecedented “epochal” change. With more than forty years of background and service in the U.S. Church as pastor, writer, and theologian–and building on the NFPC’s central role in the lives of priests and the local church over five decades– Father Deck will seek to illuminate the nature and implications for the ministerial priesthood of the emerging vision of the priesthood suitable for an extroverted Church that is at once evangelizing and being evangelized, and siempre en salida, that is, “always reaching out.”
Biography: Father Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, PH.D., S.T.D.
Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck is currently Rector of the Jesuit Community and Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds doctoral degrees in Missiology and in Latin American Studies. As a newly ordained priest he served as administrator of a barrio parish and as first diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry. He taught pastoral theology and Latino studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University where he established the Instituto Hispano. Father Deck was a co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). In 1997 he established the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA and served as its first Executive Director. In 2008 he was named first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Father Deck has authored or edited nine volumes on pastoral ministry, faith and culture, and spirituality. His latest book is titled Francis, Bishop of Rome: The Gospel for the Third Millennium and is published by Paulist Press. This year in cooperation with the USCCB he edited a manual for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities titled Building Intercultural Competence for Catholic Colleges and Universities which will be published in 2018.