Jose I. Lavastida

V. Rev. Jose I. Lavastida
Address2901 South Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

President / Rector / Professor of Theology, Notre Dame Seminary

M.A., Notre Dame Seminary,
S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome, Italy,
S.T.D., Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome, Italy,

President Rector and Full Professor of Theology with a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alfonsian Academy in Rome, an Institute of Moral Theology of the Lateran University. He has a concentration in Bioethics and his doctoral dissertation was published under the title “Health Care and the Common Good.” He is also a novelist with his first novel entitled “Better for One Man to Die,” based on the life and ministry of St. Anthony Marie Claret in Cuba. Fr. Lavastida is Cuban-born, a U.S. citizen since 1974, and a Chaplain and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, serving with distinction in Iraq and receiving the Presidential Unit Citation from the President of the U.S. in 2003. He served as Academic Dean of the Seminary for 9 years and serves as President Rector since July 31, 2007.

Fr. Lavastida is available to give talks, retreats, or to be scheduled as a speaker for your ministry, diocese or religious community. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has been involved in a variety of ministries which include parish work, military chaplaincy, priestly formation, critical incident stress training, theological bioethics, sexual ethics and theology of the body. He has a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, and has also spoken and given retreats on Social Justice Issues, Just War Theory, Islam and Christianity, End of Life Issues, Catholic Teaching in Human Sexuality, Theology of the Body of John Paul II, as well as other related topics.

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