Our Team

Camino facilitators accompany students by responding to their assignments and motivating everyone's participation in class conversation. Not only do they hold postgraduate degrees in theology or religious education, but they also have pastoral experience.

Meet our team!

Holly Bird

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I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where I live with my husband, John, and our little daughter, Miriam.  I received a B.A. in Theology and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and a Master of Theological Studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College in 2013. During my studies, I focused on theology from Latin American and Indigenous perspectives. The various experiences I’ve had in the Andes and in Central America, as well as with Latin American immigrants in the U.S. have shaped my desire to be a “bridge” between Latin America and my homeland.

Currently I am beginning studies to become a nurse, since I would like to promote both the physical and spiritual health of the People of God. It’s an honor to be able to participate in the education of leaders for Hispanic ministry while we strengthen the unity of the Body of Christ.

Orlando Cardozo, OP

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Born in Colombia, I discovered my passion for teaching and community service during my philosophy studies at the University of Santo Tomas (Bogota, Colombia), which led me to discern my vocation with the Order of Preachers (O.P.). My love for preaching, teaching, and serving the Church, the People of God, motivated me to enter the Dominican Order. After finishing my philosophy and theology studies I have had the opportunity to minister in churches, schools, universities, and different pastoral and theological training programs. I’m currently in a Ph.D. program in the Department of Education at Barry University (Miami, Florida). I am a resident at the St. Dominic Priory where I collaborate in pastoral ministry at St. Dominic Catholic Church. I thank God for the opportunity to continue sharing, living, and growing in faith with Camino students. 

Walter Fircowycz

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The Peace Corps and VISTA may have been responsible for the road I've taken: I once worked in banking and studied Economics. I learned conversational Spanish in Puerto Rico and served in Venezuela before all volunteers were asked to leave. I became convinced of their ad: "The toughest job you'll ever love." I volunteered with Concern/America in Honduras, where the Delegates of the Word modeled for me the lead I was to follow; I worked as a Pastoral Associate in a multicultural parish for five years while pursuing a degree in Pastoral Studies at Loyola, Chicago before returning to Honduras as a lay missioner with the Jesuits.

I have held a coordinator position in majority Spanish parishes since 1996, and currently serve as Program Specialist with Catholic Charities in Mississippi. If my life needed a slogan, it would be this: if you want peace, work for justice (I'm a Vatican II kind of guy).

Eva Gonzalez

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Eva Gonzalez is the Director of Hispanic Ministry within the Office of Multicultural Ministry in the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY. Her work in ministry involves developing and implementing plans to address the needs of the diverse Hispanic community in Kentucky.

She has been a catechist in her parish for more than five years. She is certified as a master catechist in the Archdiocese of Louisville and holds certifications in catechesis and youth ministry from the University of Dayton, as well as a concentration in family ministry from the Archdiocese of Louisville. Eva also holds a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans. 

Ana Gloria Linares

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Gloria is a native of Cuba. She has lived in the United States for 42 years and resides in Jacksonville, Florida. She holds a Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership – degree from the University of North Florida (UNF), in Jacksonville, FL, as well as a Master of Public Administration, and a BA in Sociology from the same Institution. She is now retired after 13 years working at UNF, where she worked in the Division of Student Affairs and taught a few courses for the College of Education and Human Services.

She’s been a faculty member of the Southeast Pastoral Institute, Miami, FL, School of Ministry for more than 20 years. The Institute provides pastoral/religious education to Hispanics in the Southeast Region. She has also been very active in ministering to the Hispanics in the Diocese of St. Augustine, FL since 1981.

Amanda Murillo

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I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Camino program. I’m a native of El Paso, Texas. I was blessed to receive my BA in mathematics and theology at the University of Notre Dame and my masters in theology from the same university. During that time, my love for the Catholic faith grew as did my desire to walk with others in their faith journey.

In 2007 I returned to El Paso, where I taught theology for six years in high school. Now I’m in my second year teaching students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. I’ve also worked as a volunteer with university students and with parish youth ministries.

Hilda Noya

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A new chapter in my life began when I moved to Miami in 1989, where I currently reside. I participated in a spiritual retreat in 1990 where I received the grace to know the Love of God. From that moment on, everything changed. That experience prompted in me a desire to become more involved in church, participating in different ministries, retreats, and activities. I found the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI), I began to study, and I completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministry for Hispanics through Barry University. Currently I work at SEPI as Director of Formation. It has been a great blessing to do this work and to have the opportunity to serve the Lord through this ministry.

One interesting fact in my life is that I studied in a Piarist school in Puerto Rico, which is the same religious order that directs SEPI. Here I realized that since my childhood I have been accompanied by the Piarist fathers. My mother was a teacher in that school, and because of her I care so much about education and formation. I have dedicated my life to coordinating programs in education and Hispanic ministry. It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with the University of Notre Dame in this new online program.