Ximena earned a MA in theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture and a minor in systematic theology from Saint Vincent Seminary. She graduated with highest honors and received the 2009 Scripture Award. She has completed her coursework as a systematic theology doctoral student at Duquesne University. Her research has focused on the biblical theology of discipleship, sacraments, and sacrifice.
On July 2015 Ximena was appointed Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where she taught as adjunct faculty during the previous year. Ximena worked for the Archdiocese of Baltimore for approximately 2 and a half years where she served as Coordinator of Adult Formation and Sacramental Formation initially and later as the Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation. Before moving to Maryland, Ximena lived in southwestern Pennsylvania where she taught Scripture, Theology, Spirituality, and Pastoral Ministry at St. Vincent Seminary and Seton Hill University. Additionally, she has created on line courses for the University of Notre Dame Institute for Church Life and for the University of Dayton Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. Prior to teaching, she served in various leadership capacities including as liaison for human formation for the permanent diaconate program in the Greensburg Diocese, and as pastoral coordinator for the Archdiocese for Military Services.
As research fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Ximena has revised the final version of the Spanish translations of Journey Through Scripture study program and has taught sessions for the Bible and the Virgin Mary presenter training course.
She is the author of the Study Guide for Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples, as well as articles on sacramental formation for the USCCB and theology journals.
Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore Education Doctoral Student (2014 to present). Archdiocese of Baltimore, Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation (2013 to 2014). Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA – Systematic Theology M.A. Theology 2009 – St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA major in Sacred Scripture and minor in Systematic Theology B.S.N. 1985 – University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX EXPERIENCE Liaison for human formation for the permanent diaconate program, Diocese of Greensburg, PA (2012) Adjunct Faculty at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA (2009 - 2013) Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (2010-2013) Pathways (Adult Formation Program) faculty, Diocese of Greensburg, PA (2009 – 2015) Faculty - Permanent Diaconate Program – Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA (2009-2013) Master Catechist, Diocese of Pittsburgh (2010-2013) Master Catechist, Diocese of Greensburg (2011-2013) Guest Speaker – Adult Formation, RCIA & Marriage Preparation – various parishes in Greensburg, and Pittsburgh (2009-present) Coordinator of Faith Formation – Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, PA (2006-2009) Pastoral Coordinator – Archdiocese for the Military Services (2004 – 2005) Honors / Awards M.A. Theology with Highest Honors Recipient of Scripture Award graduating class St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA