"One of the aspects of teaching here I most prize is the diversity I find in the classroom. Although this variety of backgrounds, vocations and denominations used to seem intimidating to me, my students are gradually teaching me to broaden my horizons and trust what I bring into the classroom. Furthermore, the sacrifices they make to come here keep me humble."
Fr. Fernandez approaches his teaching methodology with a view to what his students will enjoy, how they will receive their studies most effectively, what different mediums will help them integrate their studies with practice. He often invites relevant guest speakers to talk to his classes, and believes very strongly in incorporating media into the learning process, especially when it pertains to religious expression.
As Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School, Fr. Fernandez teaches such courses as Church, Mission and Cultures; Hispanic Theology Seminar; Hispanic Religious Expressions; and Mestizo Spirituality and Art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and enculturation and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts.
In addition to teaching, Fr. Fernandez recently served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and has authored several books, including La Vida Sacra: Contemporary Hispanic Sacramental Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006) with James Empereur, S.J.; Mexican-American Catholics (Paulist Press, 2007); La Cosecha: Harvesting Contemporary U.S. Hispanic Theology (Collegeville: Michael Glazer, 2000); and U.S. Catholic Hispanic Trends and Works (University of Scranton Press, 2002) with Kenneth Davis and Veronica Mendez. He has also published articles for theological publications and collaborates with several local diocesan lay institutes.
Fr. Fernandez can supervise theses and dissertations written in the following language(s):
English and Spanish.
RAED 2420: The Incarnational Imagination: Theological Aesthetics and Art in Christian Religious Tradition (with Lawrence Fraher)
RSFT 2192: Latino Religious Expressions
RSRA 2175: Inculturation and the Arts
RSST 3015: Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora (with B. Kwame Assenyoh, S.V.D., GTU Ph.D. candidate)
RSST 3710: Mission, Church and Cultures
RSST 3875: Diversity, Church, and Theology: Theologies of Cultural Pluralism from the U.S. Context
STFT 2553: Sacraments In Latino Context
STFT 4231: Black & Latino Theological Seminar
STFT 4387: Native Theologies and Ministry in the Americas
STRS 4213: Guadalupe: History and Tradition
STRS 4214: Church, Mission, and Plurality (with Anh Q. Tran, S.J., Ph.D.)
ED 4621: Creative Theological Teaching Seminar
- Culture-Sensitive Ministry: Helpful Strategies for Pastoral Ministers. Co-authored with Kenneth McGuire and Anne Hansen. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2010.
- Mexican American Catholics. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2007.
- La Vida Sacra: A Contemporary Hispanic Sacramental Theology (with James Empereur). Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
- U.S. Hispanic Catholics: Trends and Works. Co-authored with Kenneth Davis and Veronica Mendez. University of Scranton Press, 2002.
- La Cosecha: Harvesting Contemporary United States Hispanic Theology (1972-1998). Michael Glazier, 2000.
- Educating for Inculturation: Why the Arts Cannot be Ignored, in The Future of the Arts in Worship and Religious Education. Resource Publications, 2002.