Esther Terry, Camino Program Director
I am honored to take part in this collaborative effort between the University of Notre Dame and the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI) to offer online theology courses in Spanish. Various experiences in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru, as well as with communities of Latin American immigrants in the U.S., have enriched my life and given me the opportunity to make friends who have guided me to where I find myself today. I am passionate about theological formation, and I feel blessed to participate in an initiative that will serve the growing number of Spanish-speaking Catholics in the U.S. It is a joy to work with the team at SEPI, with diocesan and parish leaders, and with other people committed to Hispanic ministry in the Catholic Church.
After receiving degrees in English and Spanish literature from Hillsdale College, I came to work at the University of Notre Dame in 2008. In 2013, I completed a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree at Notre Dame, concentrating in moral theology and Latin American and U.S.-Latino theologies.
Mercedes Hoffmann, Coordinator of Facilitators
I have been involved with Hispanic ministry since the mid-90’s when I began teaching evangelization courses in Miami, FL. After taking several courses at SEPI, I decided to pursue a more formal education in theology to better serve the community. In 2010, I earned a Master in Pastoral Ministries for Hispanics from Barry University, offered through SEPI. It was during this process that I became aware of the history and challenges of Hispanic ministry in the United States. I have been teaching in the SEPI School of Ministries since 2007, allowing me to gain a unique experience in the formation of Hispanic leaders. In 2015, I completed the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree at Barry University (Miami Shores, FL).
I love studying and teaching. I am very pleased to be able to work with Camino as part of this team effort between the University of Notre Dame and SEPI, which represents a challenge for me as an innovative way to provide theological education to Hispanic communities.