March 13, 2009
WASHINGTON Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (http://www. usccb.org/scdc/) of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be honored with the 2009 Aggiornamento Award of the Catholic Library Association (CLA). The ceremony will take place April 14, during the CLA’s annual convention in Anaheim, California.
The Aggiornamento Award has been presented annually since 1980 by the Parish and Community Library Services Section of the CLA to honor an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth and renewal of parish and community librarianship in the spirit of Blessed Pope John XXIII. In the case of Father Allan Deck, the CLA wanted to especially recognize his contributions in articulating what this ag-giornamento (“updating”) of the Church means from a Hispanic perspective.
“Like many writers I often have wondered whether anyone out there is paying attention. I am grateful to the Catholic Library Association for encouraging the need for ongoing church renewal that the Second Vatican Council heralded. My writing has been a modest effort to articulate what Vatican II renewal means within a Church gaining new life as its Latino presence and leadership grows,” Father Deck said upon receiving news of the award.
Father Deck is author of numerous articles and lectures such as Hispanic Ministry: New Realities and Choices, presented last October at Georgetown University.
His writings include The Second Wave: Hispanic Ministry and the Evangelization of Cultures (Paulist Press, 1989), Frontiers of Hispanic Theology in the United States (Orbis Books, 1992) and, with Jay P. Dolan, Hispanic Catholic Culture in the United States: Issues and Concerns (University of Notre Dame Press, 1994). Other works include being co-editor of several publications such as The Treasure of Guadalupe with Virgil P. Elizondo and Timothy Matovina, (Rowman & Little-field, 2006); Hispanic Philanthropy, New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, with Lilya Wagner (Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 1999); Pastoral Care of Hispanics in the United States, with Father Kenneth Davis, OFM,Conv., (Chicago Studies, 1997); and Perspectivas: Hispanic Ministry, with Yolanda Tarango and Timothy Matovina, (Sheed and Ward, 1995).
Father Deck is former president/executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California, and superior of the Jesuit Community of Orange. He holds numerous degrees including a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from St. Louis University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from the Brazilian Development Institute in Rio de Janeiro, and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology, both from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He founded the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians, was first president of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, a consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee of Hispanic Affairs and has served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Orange County, California.
His career also encompasses teaching at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Barry University, Miami, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.