Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck is Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University where he also serves as Rector of the Jesuit Community. He earned doctorates in Theology at the Gregorian University and in Latin American Studies at Saint Louis University. He is the author or editor of nine books and more than sixty articles and chapters on Pastoral Theology, Latino Theology, Faith and Culture, Intercultural Competence and Spirituality. He is co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), and founder and first director of the Instituto Hispano of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University as well as of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. From 2008-2012 he served as first executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.