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Stories We Tell: Latinx Narratives and the Future of Catholicism

September 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT

Cover illustration for the book Cuéntame showing a woman wearing red carrying something overhead and a woman wearing yellow. Both are walking down a street with white buildings and tan roofs. The sky is blue.

Stories We Tell: Latinx Narratives and the Future of Catholicism
with Natalia Imperatori-Lee, PhD

Demographics indicate that the future of the Catholic Church will primarily be found in the global South. For US Catholics, deeper engagement with Catholicism from Latin America and its Latinx communities in the United States can open up previously underexplored ecclesial frontiers. This webinar will look at how Latinx narrative and storytelling historically, demographically, and artistically enriches the story of American Catholicism.

This 90-minute webinar is free and open to the public. It will consist of a presentation and an opportunity to engage with the presenter. You will be invited to offer your questions and comments by text to a moderator who will then bring them into conversation with the presenter. A recording will be available after the live presentation for all registered participants.

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, PhD, is Professor and chair of the department of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY. She is the author of Women and the Church: From Devil’s Gateway to Discipleship (Paulist Press, 2024), and of Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present (Orbis Books, 2018). Her work focuses on the intersection of Latine theologies, feminist theologies, and Catholic ecclesiology. She has published in Theological Studies and The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. A native of Miami, Florida, Imperatori-Lee has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the US. She is a frequent commentator in media on matters pertaining to the church, women, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. At Manhattan College, Dr. Imperatori-Lee teaches courses on contemporary Catholicism, including Vatican II, as well as courses like Sexuality and the Sacred and Women in Western Religion.

Dr. Imperatori-Lee speaks regularly at parishes, universities, and in other venues about feminism, faith, and the Latinx communities in the United States. Her writing has appeared in Commonweal and America magazines, and has appeared as a guest expert on Pope Francis on CNN and MSNBC.  She lives in the Bronx with her spouse and children.

illustration photo credit: Orbis Books


September 18
7:00 pm EDT


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