Rocío Figueroa to join faculty at Good Shepherd Theological College
Rocío Figueroa has been appointed as a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Good Shepherd. She will begin lecturing at the beginning of 2017
Rocío, a Peruvian married to a New Zealander, holds a doctorate in Systematic Theology with a specialisation in Christology from the Gregorian University.
She lectured in Spiritual Theology for five years at the Giovanni Paolo II seminary in Salerno, Italy. She served for four years on the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Her section of the Pontifical Council focused on the advancement of women in different parts of the world.
Since her time in Rome she has lectured at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. There she was also responsible for the social project “Emprende y Crece” (Learn and grow).
The core of this project was the promotion of women through education, while it also offered specific entrepreneurship training based on human values.
She is also a specialist in issues related to reciprocity between men and women. Dr. Figueroa has published and communicated through books and conferences about theology, anthropology and women’s studies.
Since coming to New Zealand Rocio joined the Theology Faculty of the University of Otago as a part-time Research Assistant. She has been working on a project investigating the immediate and longer-term impact on victims of sexual abuse from a theological perspective.