Devotion to the Blessed Mother is at the heart of Hispanic Catholicism. Timothy Matovina, chairman of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame and former codirector of the Institute for Latino Studies, offers a short introduction to the important role of Mary in Catholic faith. This new addition to Ave Maria Press’s Recursos para el ministerio hispano series provides lay ministers, catechists, and others in ministry with a grounding in contemporary theology about Mary that is necessary for pastoral ministry.
Hispanic Catholics have a deep devotion to Mary and rightly understand her as their model of faith, their intercessor, and their loving mother who cares for them throughout their lives. With clarity, pastoral wisdom, and personal warmth, Timothy Matovina draws on his experience of Latino culture and decades of working directly with parishes that have large Hispanic populations to provide a cogent introduction to the place of Mary in faith and theology. Five chapters present Mary in
- the gospels;
- the four Marian dogmas;
- contemporary teaching of the Church;
- devotion, the liturgy, and the communion of the saints; and
- Hispanic spirituality.
Each chapter contains suggestions for additional reading in the scriptures and official Church documents. Questions for discussion and reflection are also included.
While many Spanish-language resources are imported from other countries, this book emerges from the pastoral reality of Hispanic Catholics in the United States.
This booklet is only available in Spanish.
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Recursos para el ministerio hispano series
“I recommend this book to all who wish to know and better understand Catholic doctrine and devotion regarding Mary.”
“To contemplate Mary is to contemplate the Word of God in the person who lives in full harmony with this Word. I recommend this book to all who wish to know and better understand Catholic doctrine and devotion regarding Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, the gift of Jesus to his people, our Mother who always accompanies us with her love and prayers.”
Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne–South Bend
“A valuable resource for parish study groups.”
“Tim Matovina knows how to instruct both the believer seeking a deeper faith and the non-believer wanting to understand the significant role the Blessed Mother has in the faith life of our Church. Congratulations to Ave Maria Press for including this work on the Blessed Mother in your excellent Recursos series which many will find a valuable resource for parish study groups. It is a great contribution for parish adult faith formation.”
Rev. Arturo José Bañuelas
St. Mark Parish
El Paso, Texas
“This exceptional resource reflects the lifelong experience, insight, and wisdom of Timothy Matovina.”
Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.
Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies
Loyola Marymount University