Las Hermanas Conference

Las Hermanas: The Struggle is One

Las Hermanas Registration Now Open!

Please click on the link below to register for the symposium.  Your registration will be confirmed by email as soon as it is processed, generally within 24-48 hours.   Your badge and copy of the printed program will be available for pick-up at the Las Hermanas Welcome Table, beginning at 6:15pm on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Early-bird registration before March 5, 2015 only $40! All registrations after March 5, 2015 will be $50. Full time students with valid ID and Women Religious are invited to attend the conference at no cost. Thursday night is open to the public.

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Download the Symposium Program

Click HERE to download the symposium brochure, complete with speakers, times, and locations.

Las Hermanas

Las Hermanas: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 19-21, 2015
University of the Incarnate Word

Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, UIW Office of Mission & Ministry, and The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

This interdisciplinary symposium will honor the history, development, and legacy of Las Hermanas, a grassroots Latina movement formed 40 years ago to challenge and change the church and its role in society. The conference promises a rich program, including outstanding keynote speakers, academic papers, sharing of stories, celebration in the spirit of Las Hermanas, and an opportunity to visit the new Heritage Center of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Presenters will include:

Lara Medina, Ph.D., author of Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious-Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church (Temple University Press, 2004).
Timothy Matovina, Ph.D., author of Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church (Princeton, 2012).
Sister Yolanda Tarango, Ph.D., co-author of Hispanic Women: Prophetic Voice in the Church (Fortress, 1992).
Theresa L. Torres, Ph.D., author of The Paradox of Latina Religious Leadership in the Catholic Church (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).

General Information

The University of the Incarnate Word is located in San Antonio, and is the largest Catholic university in Texas. UIW is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and was recently recognized for being the leading institution in the country for awarding B.A. degrees to Hispanic students. In addition, the UIW Graduate Support Center was recently recognized as the nation’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students in graduate school.

Parking and Disability

Information on hotel accommodations for surrounding areas can be accessed here: documents/hotels2014.pdf A larger campus map is available at, however we encourage you to view the parking map located below. The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodations with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for this event, visit

Las Hermanas Map

This symposium would not be possible without the resources of the Archives of Las Hermanas, housed at Our Lady of the Lake University.

“We may start from different points, but we arrive together. The struggle is one struggle.” --Fr. Carlos Mesters

For more information, please contact: Adrienne Ambrose, Ph.D.,