Congratulations Prof. Diaz–new Vatican Ambassador!
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.
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.