Virgilio Elozondo is widely acclaimed as the founder of U.S. Latino theology. In 1972 he established MACC, the most renowned theological think tank and training center for pastoral leaders among Mexican Americans and other Latinas and Latinos in the United States. He has lectured and taught throughout the Western hemisphere and on every continent. His numerous honors include being named one of Time magazine’s spiritual innovators for the new millennium, six honorary doctorates, the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding theological contributions from the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Johannes Quasten Award for excellence and leadership in theological development from the Catholic University of America, the Humanitarian Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame, the oldest and most prestigious award for American Catholics, given annually to an honoree whose life exemplifies a distinctively Catholic contribution to humanity.
Happy Birthday Fr. Elizondo!!!