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SCHOOL STORY: VOCATION

Transformation: Theory and Practice
(Society of Mary e-Bulletin • Volume 5/Issue 16: December 18, 2017)

Faustino (Tito) Cruz, SM serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York.

Prior to his appointment this summer, Tito was Executive Vice President and Dean at the Franciscan School of Theology, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Seattle University in Washington state.

Fr. Tito Cruz

Faustino Cruz SM

Fordham University's President Joseph M. McShane, SJ, said "In Father Cruz we have found both a scholar and a priest with a deep commitment to pastoral care. He brings to the dean's position an incisive mind and a steadying presence. Therefore, I expect the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education to flourish and grow under his leadership."

As a faculty administrator at Fordham, Tito leads an academy of "practice for practice" which critically reflects on issues of human dignity and the integrity of creation to transform church and society. He facilitates curriculum and faculty development, cultivates donor and alumni relations, promotes global institutional partnerships, and animates programs for religious and pastoral formation, toward educating the whole person for solidarity, service, and justice.

Tito's deep commitment to leadership in Catholic higher education was informed and formed by his experience as a doctoral student at Boston College (BC), also a Jesuit university.

Fr. Tito Cruz

New student orientation

At BC, Tito was assigned as a student worker to various offices of academic affairs while completing a PhD in Theology and Education on a full scholarship. As a doctoral student, he also coordinated the pastoral care of migrants and refugees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC.

Inspired by the various expressions of immigrant spiritualities he encountered during his time at BC and USCCB, Tito has since grounded his teaching and scholarship in the intersection of religion, education, pastoral leadership, and immigration. Born and raised in the Philippines, his immigrant identity and relationships with underrepresented groups have enhanced his capacity for intercultural encounters.

In October, Fordham University granted Tito faculty tenure
and promotion in rank from associate professor to professor.

Congratulations, Tito!

See related story:
https://news.fordham.edu/faith-and-service/fordham-appoints-new-dean-of-the-graduate-school-of-religion-and-religious-education/

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