Research

Recent Publications:

“Vigil-Keeping.” In Of Womb and Tomb: Prayer in Time of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth, edited by Kate Williams. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2019, pp. 23-26.

“The Integration of Hispanic Parishioners in U.S. Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry: Results From a National Survey.” Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community 46, no. 4 (2018): 355-371 (with Andrew D. Reynolds).

“Cultivating Young Hispanic Catholic Leaders” (bilingual). In Our Catholic Children: Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults/Nuestros Jóvenes Católicos: Pastoral Juvenil Hispana en los Estados Unidos, ed. Hosffman Ospino. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2018 (with Steffano Montano).

“Catholic Liturgy and Prenatal Loss: Ritual, Ambiguity, and the Miscarrying Body.” Liturgy + Power: College Theology Society Annual Volume 62, eds. Brian P. Flanagan and Johann M. Vento. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2017, pp. 128-142.

Research Interests:

  • Research areas: the intersection of practical theology, ecclesiology, and liturgical & ritual studies; U.S.-Latino/a theologies; multicultural parishes and congregations; theologies of suffering; American Catholicism
  • Methodological expertise: ecclesiology and ethnography, qualitative research, lived theology

My research examines the role of ritual in the cultivation of community in contexts of difference, marginality, and suffering. This focus has manifested in two closely related research trajectories: my current book project, which examines intercultural ritual in diverse Catholic parishes; and an ongoing secondary project, the study of liturgical and devotional practices among women who have suffered pregnancy loss. Both projects have yielded peer-reviewed publications and meaningful collaborations with other scholars and practitioners. My next project, a diverse multi-case study of communal interpretations of the Way of the Cross, will examine the interplay between movement, place, and ritual storytelling.

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