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Cecilia González-Andrieu - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Cecilia González-Andrieu Cecilia González-Andrieu

Professor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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Theologian Cecilia González-Andrieu returned to her alma mater LMU after completing the doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where she was the first to combine the studies of systematic theology with religion and the arts.

González -Andrieu is one of the leading scholars of theological aesthetics, which she proposes as a way to bring communities together, respect and celebrate otherness, and lift the theological insights of those who know and express themselves in ways beyond the textual.

She has been recognized with awards for her writing by the Catholic Press Association, and singled out as one of the most promising theologians of the next generation by America Magazine. Her book Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty has received international acclaim and praise for its ability "to link art’s power to move beyond the discursive, cognitive and propositional to a theology grounded in an experience that opens the imagination and moves one to encounter ‘God in all things'” (The Pneuma Review). Gonzalez-Andrieu is also active on research and advocacy for issues of Latino/a Theology, immigration and educational justice.

Other recent publications include co-editor of Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, and contributor to Go Into the Streets: The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis, along with key articles for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts and The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. She co-chaired the National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry (2014), and contributed the opening reflection to the Journal of Catholic Education special issue on “Latinos/as, education and the Church,” (2016).

González -Andrieu teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs of LMU’s Department of Theological Studies, co-chairs the LMU Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative, is a member of the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and active on several ecumenical and interreligious projects including CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) and SARTS (the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. She is an active mentor and alumna of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Princeton and co-founder of LMU’s Viernes por la tarde Latino issues working group and mentors the Social Justice Scholars community.

Education (3)

Graduate Theological Union, Art & Religion & Systematic Theology: Ph.D., Post-Graduate Studies

Loyola Marymount University: M.A., Graduate Studies, Theology

Loyola Marymount University : B.A., Undergraduate Studies, Double Major: Film and Spanish

Areas of Expertise (3)

Systematic Theology

Latino Theology

Theological Aesthetics

Affiliations (1)

  • Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies

Media Appearances (3)

Church and state: a look at President Trump's first meeting with Pope Francis

KPCC 89.3  radio


Interview with A Martínez on 89.3 KPCC's Take Two

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How can theology speak to the immigration debate?

America Magazine podcast  radio


On this week's podcast, hosts Kerry Weber and Tim Reidy tackle immigration, speaking to Cecilia González-Andrieu—a professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University in California—about both her personal experience as a Cuban refugee and her theological expertise on the subject.

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Immigration action looms large for Catholics this Lenten season

KPCC 89.3  radio


Interview with A Martínez on 89.3 KPCC's Take Two

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Articles (3)

Prophetic theological work can be dangerous business

America Magazine


There is no shortage of stories of theological thinkers gone much too early. In recent history, several come to mind immediately: Óscar Romero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., and Martin Luther King Jr...

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To love the United States does not mean to love it blindly

America Magazine


I had never tasted anything so delicious, though in hindsight, the meal was quite ordinary. There was a small piece of cake, a carton of milk and a sandwich. The cardboard box in which the meal came was white and had a large, red cross on the lid. The memory is such a key to my childhood that for years I kept the box neatly preserved in my closet.

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After November: Catholics respond to the unexpected election of Donald J. Trump

America Magazine


In the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Despite polls throughout the campaign showing Catholics breaking for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, come election night, a majority of Catholics—52 percent—voted for Mr. Trump. Here are some Catholic reactions to the Republican candidate's upset victory.

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