S.T.L., S.T.D., Gregorian Pontifical University
M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
M.A., University of Texas at Austin.
B.A., Loyola University of the South
Fr. Fernández approaches his teaching methodology with a view to what his students will enjoy, how they will receive their studies most effectively, what different mediums will help them integrate their studies with practice. He often invites relevant guest speakers to talk to his classes, and believes very strongly in incorporating media into the learning process, especially when it pertains to religious expression.
As Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School, Fr. Fernández teaches such courses as Church, Mission and Cultures; Hispanic Theology Seminar; Hispanic Religious Expressions; and Mestizo Spirituality and Art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and inculturation and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts.
In addition to teaching, Fr. Fernández recently served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and has authored several books, including La Vida Sacra: Contemporary Hispanic Sacramental Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006) with James Empereur, S.J.; Mexican-American Catholics (Paulist Press, 2007); La Cosecha: Harvesting Contemporary U.S. Hispanic Theology (Collegeville: Michael Glazer, 2000); and U.S. Catholic Hispanic Trends and Works (University of Scranton Press, 2002) with Kenneth Davis and Veronica Mendez. He has also published articles for theological publications and collaborates with several local diocesan lay institutes.