Faustino M. Cruz

 Faustino M. Cruz

Address1712 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Academic Dean and Executive Vice President, Franciscan School of Theology
Academic Dean and Executive Vice-President, Graduate Theological Union

Ph.D., Boston College, Department of Theology, 2001
M.A., Graduate Theological Union,, 1988
M.Div., Franciscan School of Theology, 1986
B.S., University of the Philippines, 1982

Tito Cruz migrated from the Philippines to join the Society of Mary (Marists) in 1982 and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1988. He has ministered with migrants and refugees for over twenty years at parish, diocesan, and national levels as catechetical consultant, educator, community organizer, and pastor in the United States, Latin America, and the Philippines. He has served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Coordinator of Ethnic Ministries and a member of the Commission on Certification and Accreditation.

He was a member of the research team for the Duke University Pulpit and Pew Project on Asian and Pacific Ministerial Leadership. He co-authored with Diane Bergant, Kathleen Dorsery-Bellow, Maureen O’Brien, and Bernard Lee Theological Reflection for Transformation, which was published by the Center for the Study of Religious Life and the Catholic Theological Union (2004). He served on the Editorial Board of PREACH. Currently he is working on a book project about Filipino American Catholics, which will be published in a series edited by Peter Phan for Paulist Press.

Committed to promoting effective leadership in theological education, Tito has been on the faculty of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He has participated in designing and implementing initiatives such as the GTU Asia Project-Partnerships for Transforming Theological Education in Asia, Oceania, and North America, as well as the USCCB Asian Pacific Pastoral Institute for Mission and Ministry. He has also completed a management development program for Chief Academic Officers at the Harvard School of Education.

In 2005, Tito represented the GTU at a gathering of Asian theologians at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He also participated in a consultation on theological education at Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was sponsored by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.

He has written articles for and lectured at the East Asian Pastoral Institute/Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, the University of Muenster in Germany, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. His teaching and research interests include: Asian and Asian North American contextual theologies, congregational studies, Latino ministry, immigration history, ethnic studies, and intercultural education.

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