Stephen Judd M.M.

 

"Collegiality at the Peripheral Crossroads: The Vatican II Spirit in the Renewal of the Church in Latin America"

 

 

Educational Experience: B.A. in Spanish (with honors) University of Montana, 1967

M.A. in Latin American Literature, University of New Mexico,     1972

M.Div. Maryknoll School of Theology, 1978

Ph.D in the Sociology of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 1987

Professional Experience: Officer, United States Air Force 1968-1972

Ordination to the Missionary Priesthood, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and assignment to Peru, 1978

Mission pastoral assignments in Puno and Cusco, Peru, 1975-2002

Director, Instituto de Pastoral Andina (IPA), Cusco, Peru, 1987-1990

Member of the General Council of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 1990-1996

Director, Office of Campus Ministry, National University of the Altiplano, Puno, Peru, 1997-2002

Director, Maryknoll Language Institute and Mission Center, 2002-2007 (reappointed in 2013)

President, Latin American Christopher Leadership Institute, Lima, Peru 2009-present

Since becoming a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in 1972 I have had a number of assignments in Latin America especially among indigenous peoples in the southern region of Peru for nearly twenty five years and later in Bolivia for the past eleven. During a forty year period these enriching pastoral experiences have awakened me to the values and perspective of intercultural dialogue, liberation theology and the building of a collegial Church presence among and with the poor of Latin America.

Those experiences motivated me to pursue educational opportunities in doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in the sociology of religion with a dissertation title, The Emergent Andean Church: Inculturation and Liberation in Southern Peru, 1968-1986. In the same way I have been blessed to serve in several leadership positions that have enhanced and complemented a life-long encounter with the peoples and the churches of Latin America often in times of social and political upheaval e.g. the years of political violence in Peru (1980-92).  

Direct participation in the process of the renewal of the Latin American Church in the post-Vatican II period has confirmed the presence of the Holy Spirit working to bring about social and ecclesial transformation on many different levels. All of these experiences have defined and sharpened my theological and spiritual perspectives in myriad ways. Moreover, they serve as reference points for articles I have written for publications and for the preparation of frequent lecture presentations across the hemisphere.