Fr. Allan Deck, S.J.
Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. 

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck is currently Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University and Professor of Theological Studies. He has served in a number of academic, administrative and leadership positions. He was administrator of our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana, CA. and first Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Orange Diocese. He held full-time positions at Loyola Marymount University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1997 founded and served as first Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. From 2008-2012 he was called to serve as first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC.

Father Deck is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, and of Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. He has authored or edited seven books and published more than 50 chapters or articles on pastoral theology, Hispanic ministry, Catholic Social Doctrine, spirituality, faith and culture. Father Deck was a co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) as well as of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM).


Phone: (310) 338-7445 (residence)



Undergraduate and graduate courses in Latino religion and spirituality, Liberation Theology, pastoral theology and ministry, and Pastoral Studies in Spanish


S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Missiology
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, Latin American Studies
S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Theology
M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Ministry
B.A., Saint Louis University, Philosophy and Classics

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, The Brazilian Development Institute, Rio de Janeiro      


Recent Publications:

La justicia brota de la fe,  Vols.1 & 2,Plainfield, NJ: Renew International, 2014

Biblically-based faith formation in justice and Catholic Social Doctrine in Spanish

“Pastoral Perspectives on Migration: Immigrants as New Evangelizers,” in Strangers No Longer, J. Kevin Applebyand Todd Scribner, eds., Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013, 36-62.

 “Intercultural Competency and the Sunday Homily: in the Footsteps of Pope Francis,” in New Theology Review, March 15, 2014.

“Pastoral Ministry and Vision: Latino/a Contributions to the Transformation of Practical Theology in the United States,”with Carmen María Cervantes and Ken Johnson-Mondragón in Invitation to Practical Theology, Claire Wolfteich, ed., Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014.


O’Grady Award of Catholic Charities USA for best article on Catholic social teaching (1978)

Catholic Press Association Award for The Second Wave: Hispanic Ministry and the Evangelization of Cultures (1989)

Virgilio Elizondo Award of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (1992)

Aggiornamento Award of the Catholic Library Association (2009)


Current Research:

  • The Latin American and Jesuit roots of Pope Francis
  • Latin American influences on U.S. Hispanic ministry