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Sister Ana Maria Pineda Recognized as Founder of Romero Scholars

November 18, 2019


Sister Ana Maria and Congressman Jesus Garcia of Chicago with Ana Maria's book on Oscar Romero

Sister Ana María Pineda has been acknowledged as the founding director of the Óscar Romero Scholars Program. She was honored at the program’s 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 2 at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. 

The scholars program was founded in 1994 during Ana María’s 10-year tenure at CTU where she was a faculty member and director of the Hispanic ministry program. A collaborative effort with the Archdiocese, The Óscar Romero Scholars Program prepares lay, Hispanic/Latina women and men for professional ministry. Romero Scholars earn a graduate degree with the benefit of a full-tuition scholarship and a creative formation program inspired by the life and ministry of Saint Óscar Romero. 

Since its inception, 31 individuals have graduated from this program. In addition to her leadership position with the Sisters of Mercy, Sister Ana María is a tenured faculty member in the religious studies department at Santa Clara University in California where she has taught for 21 years.  

During the evening events, the current director, Marco Lopez, presented the Romero Award to Congressman Jesus Garcia of Chicago. Garcia, honored for his contributions to the Hispanic community, received a citation, a plaque and a signed copy of the book Romero and Grande, Companions on the Journey, authored by Sister Ana María. 


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