2022 ACHTUS Colloquium

University of San Diego

June 5-8, 2022

Call for papers, posters, and conveners  below.

“La espera” by Patricia González S.

Our Colloquium’s Theme

Our 2022 colloquium aims to bridge past and future by revisiting the influence that borders have had as a locus theologicus for Latinx scholarship across our disciplines and by exploring the insights that crossing borders offer to discern the fundamental questions shaping the future of U.S. Latinx and global Catholicism.

The premise of our gathering is that borders, real and imagined, physical and conceptual, can yield significant insights because they lay bare not just our community’s wounds but humanity’s wounds, as well. Borders are a meaningful location of our community’s ongoing oppression and liberation, of our experiences with rejection and acceptance. There, we have experienced the presence and the absence of God, reflected upon it, and ventured to act accordingly. And yet, as Fratelli Tutti recognizes, borders have a similar function for other marginalized communities throughout the world. Therefore, what unique insights have we to share with global Catholicism on the experience, meaning, dangers, and promise of traversing such spaces? How may our hard-won wisdom effect real change with other communities beyond the United States? What may we learn from how other marginalized communities within and beyond the U.S. experience border crossing? What questions remain unanswered or unasked?

Colloquium Location and Dates

The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States is delighted to announce that we will hold our next annual gathering—our first in-person colloquium since the COVID-19 pandemic began—at the University of San Diego (USD) in San Diego, California. USD is the only major U.S. Catholic university at the U.S.-Mexico border. In light of our colloquium’s theme, it is a fitting location for our gathering.

The sixty-person colloquium will begin on campus with Mass at Founders Chapel at 6:00 pm and a welcome reception afterwards on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Our main gathering space will be the University’s Ministry Center building, a welcoming space with beautiful tapestries celebrating the witness of thirty-two people who have shaped USD’s faith communities. Lodging will be within short walking distance at Maher Hall. Our gathering will end with a prayerful sendoff at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Major Funding Provided by The Portman Endowment in Catholic Theology

Major funding is provided by the Portman Endowment in Catholic Theology, a program of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at USD’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Endowment supports scholarship by theologians who think from within the Roman Catholic tradition while exploring and expressing the tradition in contemporary contexts. To that end, the Endowment enables the Department to host major conferences and public lectures in Catholic theology in honor of Msgr. John R. Portman, who served as its founding chair. To advance the Endowment’s aims in the contemporary context, the Department is focusing its resources on planning and funding conferences that further research in Latinx Catholic theology. The Academy of Catholic Theologians of the United States is grateful to the Portman Endowment and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at USD’s College of Arts and Sciences for their generous support.

Registration and Lodging 


Registration to the full membership will be open on February 1, 2022, after paper and poster proposals have been accepted and conveners selected. The authors of accepted papers, posters, and conveners must register by February 1. Please note that registration is capped at 60 participants, including up to 10 paper authors, up to 20 poster authors, and up to 7 conveners. Only members whose current dues have been paid may register. Rolling registration will be opened on the ACHTUS website on January 10 for the authors of accepted papers, on January 17 for the authors of accepted posters, and on January 24 for the selected conveners. Registration will be open to the full membership on February 1. Please note that registration will be closed once 60 participants register.

The registration fee is $150 for those registering by February 15, 2022 and $250 for those registering by April 1, 2022. Registration includes meals on campus and conference materials. When registering, you may add guests to bring to the banquet at $60 per person.



All participants are welcomed to lodge at Maher Hall at the University of San Diego. Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, only single rooms are available. Their rate is $65.00/night during the colloquium. Each room has a private bathroom. 

Participants who prefer to lodge at the Courtyard San Diego Old Town may reserve their rooms on the following link (Click Here). Ten rooms are blocked at $139/night plus tax.  Reservations by April 1, 2022 are highly encouraged and may be made no later than May 2, 2022.


For questions email  Victor Carmona, PhD at achtus.colloquium2022@gmail.com.

Tentative Schedule


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