Sister Ondina Cortés, rmi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
PhD, St. Thomas University; MA, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary; BA, Barry University
Phone: 305-474-6870
Office: Sullivan Hall, Room 112

Sr. Cortes is a Claretian Missionary Sister. She has spent most of her life in the formation and education of young people in school and ministerial settings. She is a member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and serves on its board. She is also a member of The Association of Practical Theology and the Latin American Studies Association.

Her research and teaching interests focus 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, peace building, as well as Caribbean Popular Religion, Latino/a Theology, and Liberation Theology.

  • 2015. “The Church in Cuba: A Bridge Over Trouble Waters?” Presented in the Panel The Church and Cuba. Florida International University, Cuban Research Institute, August 2015.
  • 2015. “Our Lady of Charity and Cuban Reconciliation.” Presented in the Panel on Popular Religion and Emerging Meanings: The Caribbean and South Florida at the XXXIII International Congress of Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico. May, 2015.
  • 2014. “The Cuban Catholic Diaspora.” Presentation at World Catholicism Conference, DePaul University.
  • 2013. “Circles of Reconciliation for the Cuban Diaspora” presented at the Ninth Conference of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Dispersed Peoples: The Cuban and Other Diasporas. Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute and School of International and Public Affairs, May 25 2013.
  • 2011. “Apóstoles de Jesucristo,” in Misioneras Claretianas para el Mundo de Hoy, Claretianas: Madrid.