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Presentation 3

Theology and Anthropology of Systemic Change
by: Guillermo Campuzano, C.M.


Guillermo Campuzano, C.M.
Director of Religious Diversity - DePaul University Fr. Guillermo Campuzano Velez is a Vincentian priest from Colombia who currently teaches at DePaul University in Religious Studies, Catholic Studies, Modern Languages, and the master’s in Public Service Program and is the director of the Office for religious Diversity. Guillermo also advises the Chicago Archdiocesan project for Latino young people. He is also part of the Theological team of the Latina American Conference of Religious Life (CLAR). Guillermo is frequently invited to do workshops across North America on the role of Latino leadership in the Catholic Church and in Latin America he preaches retreats and gives conferences for Religious life and priest as well.

His work has been developed in many countries across the Americas. He has studied, taught and lectured at various institutions of higher education in Latin America and the United States, including San Buenaventura University (Colombia), Dehonian University (Brazil), Bolivarian University (Colombia), Benedictine University, and DePaul University. His courses include: Philosophy of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Latin American Reality; Cultural Anthropology; Latin American Anthropology (Anthropology of the Poor); Techniques of The Analysis of Reality; Introduction to Sociology; Pedagogy of Small Communities in Youth Ministry; Introduction to Psychology. His publications include: The Exercise of Authority Today: Anthropological and Psychological Conditioning, Spirituality of the Vincentian Marian Youth; The Book of Maccabeus - Cultural Perspective; Theological Places Of the Vincentian: Places to Incarnate and to Live the Charism; Religion and Magical Thinking: The Challenges of Dialogue between Faith and Reason; and Existential Anthropology and the Art of Educating Young People. Guillermo was one of the keynote speakers at the 2009 National Conference of Faith, Justice and Civic Engagement at DePaul University. Guillermo has a rich experience in spiritual companionship and as a preacher of retreats for consecrated, laity and ordained people in the Church. He has preached retreats for the Daughter of Charity and the Vincentians in several countries in Latin America including Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. He was part of the speakers for the VIE (Vincentian integration Experience) 2, 3 and 4 with the topic of Anthropology of the Poor.

Guillermo has rich experience serving the underprivileged communities and advocating for human rights and human dignity. For several years Guillermo was the national coordinator of the Inter-Congregational Commission for Young People of the National Conference of Religious Communities of Colombia. His last four years before arriving in the US were spent in Aparecida, Brazil as director of the archdiocesan Seminary. Guillermo designed the structure and contents of the first school for educators of future priests and religious people in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil, in collaboration with the Conference of Bishops.

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