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Congratulations Prof. Diaz–new Vatican Ambassador!

May 28, 2009, 1:43 pm | Posted by Beth Dahlman

Like many others in our common good advocacy community, I was pretty excited at the announcement of Miguel Diaz’s nomination to be Ambassador to the Holy See…especially so because, well, I know him!

As a senior theology major at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., I got to know Professor Diaz as I served as a Teaching Assistant in one of his systematic theology classes and as he served on the advisory committee for my undergraduate honors thesis (if you ever want to talk comparative Catholic and Lutheran Eucharistic theology, drop me a line).

St. Ben’s and St. John’s (the two schools have a close partnership and share an academic program) are special places to me; they embody a commitment to a lived faith that is theologically and spiritually serious while still engaged with the needs of the wider world.

It’s those values, nurtured in my college experience — curiosity, community and justice — that pushed me to Washington and eventually to Faith in Public Life. And it’s those values that I saw practiced by Miguel Diaz–in the passion with which he taught theology and his inclusion of theologians from diverse backgrounds, in the way he hosted classes at his home for end-of-semester celebrations, and in his obvious love for his family–that will serve him well in his new position.

Congrats again!

P.S. to Deal Hudson: sure St. Ben’s and St. John’s are small, but “quite a step down” is a bit uncharitable, don’t you think? Now it’s personal.


3 Responses to “Congratulations Prof. Diaz–new Vatican Ambassador!”

  1. Obie Holmen says:


    Let me add my personal note to your blogpost.

    As a lawyer in St Cloud, I studied at the SOT (long before Miguel Diaz showed up), and I have fond memories of Bill Cahoy’s Christology class, Father Godfrey’s (now deceased) patristics class and many more. As a Lutheran, I felt a strong spirit of ecumenism at the SOT.

    Based on the theological start I received there, I continued to self study. I will soon publish a novel based on the life of Paul and his conflict with James, called The Jewish Gentile. Check out my blog, The Spirit of a Liberal.

    By the way, Bold Faith is included on my blogroll.

    Thanks for your comments.

  2. Deal Hudson says:

    Apologies for what I said about St. Benedict/St. John’s. I didn’t mean it the way it came out. The best nine years of my teaching career were spent at a non-residential Souther Baptist commuter college in Atlanta, Mercer University Atlanta. My nine years there were almost idyllic for young philosophy professor. I know the best educations are often the product of small college communities. Sorry again, I should have said that from the Vatican side it would look like a “step down” from Harvard.

  3. Beth says:

    Thanks for taking the time to clarify!