Ondina Cortés, rmi

 Sr. Ondina Cortes and Catholic University

Ondina Cortés, rmi, Ph.D.
Sullivan Hall
Room 112
(305) 474-6870

Assistant Professor the School of Theology and Ministry and Organizational Leadership

  • B.A. Barry University, Miami, FL
  • M.A. St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL
  • Ph.D. St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL

  • 2011. “Apóstoles de Jesucristo,” in Misioneras Claretianas para el Mundo de Hoy, Madrid.
  • 2011. “The Human and Divine Aspects of Reconciliation Informed by Thomas Aquinas’ Understanding of Nature and Grace” presented at the Practical Theology Session of the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, June 2011.


Sr. Cortes is a native of Cuba and grew up in South Florida where she joined the Claretian Missionary Sisters. She has spent most of her life in the formation and education of young people in school and ministerial settings. She was Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami for fifteen years. Since 2009, she has been teaching undergraduate theology courses at St. Thomas University in classroom and online formats.

Sr. Cortes enjoys doing missions locally and in the Caribbean. Following a practical theology method, her classes always give students the opportunity to connect theory with practice, faith and life.  Sr. Cortes is a member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and the Association of Practical Theology.

Research and Teaching:
Sr. Cortes’ research focuses on practical theology of reconciliation with a special interest in the context of the Cuban exile. She has worked on processes of reconciliation which incorporate psychological, social, and faith dimensions. She is interested in issues of forgiveness, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, Caribbean Popular Religion, Latino/a Theology, and Liberation Theology. She teaches courses in Catholicism, Sacraments, Reconciliation and Conflict, Prayer and Spirituality, and Religious Studies.

Curriculum Vitae
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