Ph.D., The Catholic University of America,
M.Div.,Franciscan School of Theology.
MPA., California State University.
B.A., University of Arizona.
Raúl Gómez Ruiz, a Mexican-American, Roman Catholic priest and member of the religious order Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians), was born in Bisbee AZ to Pablo Gómez Aguilar and Idolina Ruiz Flores in 1953, an identical twin and one of six children. After completing his bachelor degree at the University of Arizona (Tucson) in 1976, he moved to Sacramento CA where he worked for the State of California while beginning a Master in Public Administration from the California State University at Sacramento (completed in 1983). In 1980, he joined the Salvatorians and did his novitiate in Seabrook MD (1981-82) and his theological studies at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley CA (1983-1986). He was ordained in 1987 and served as Associate Pastor in West Sacramento (Bryte) CA for one year before hired as the first Director of the Hispanic Studies Program at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners WI in 1988. During an extended sabbatical from Sacred Heart, he completed his doctoral courses at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, earning the PhD in Liturgical Studies in 2001.
During his 24 years at Sacred Heart he served in a variety of administrative and academic positions, completing his service there as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Intellectual Formation, and Professor of Systematic Studies. In 2012, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) hired him as Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation but in October of that year his religious order elected him to be the Vicar General during their XVIII General Chapter held in Krakow Poland. Since the beginning of 2013, he lives and works at the Salvatorian Motherhouse in Rome Italy where he oversees the General Secretariat and Salvatorian Formation throughout the world. In addition, he is the liaison to the Society’s administrative units in Brazil, Great Britain, Colombia/Ecuador, Spain/Guatemala, and the US aided by his ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian in addition to English.
Raúl has received a number of awards and honors including an HTI dissertation year grant in 1999-2000 and the HTI Book Prize in 2008. In addition, he has served as a chaplain, mentor, and presenter for HTI. He has published five books, numerous articles, and book reviews. He is a member of various academic societies including service as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia (Washington DC). He is also a member of the Hermandad Mozárabe and of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes y Ciencias Históricas of Toledo Spain. He has served on editorial boards and was a Censor Librorum for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, has conducted doctrinal reviews for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington DC) and was a member of the former Bishops Committee on the Liturgy and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Liturgy. Finally, he has given numerous presentations and workshops in the areas of liturgy, Hispanic popular religious practices, and lay ministry preparation.