As a priest, theologian, newspaper columnist, and former aerospace researcher, Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete made a decisive contribution to Christianity in America as it faced the challenges and opportunities posed by a new millennium. A close friend and confidante of St. John Paul II, Albacete was an expert on that pontiff’s Theology of the Body. His lively teaching helped to influence a new generation of young Catholic thinkers and catechists.
With disarming wit and sweeping intelligence, Albacete engaged with and befriended women and men of every religious background and professional interest, including doctors, artists, scientists, and journalists. Through his televised appearances on PBS, CNN, and The Charlie Rose Show, Albacete proved to be a persuasive voice for the Gospel even in the most trying circumstances. A proud native of Puerto Rico, Lorenzo Albacete also remained a fervent advocate for the Hispanic presence in the Catholic Church throughout his life.
The Albacete Forum seeks to preserve and extend Lorenzo Albacete's legacy through a series of initiatives, beginning with the collection, archiving and publication of his collected works. Albacete's insights on faith, culture, education, and other topics will be brought to new audiences through books, e-publications, and online offerings.
We will continue Lorenzo Albacete’s legacy by reopening dialogues he began with scientists, cultural figures, and others who pursue truth, beauty, and justice. Inspired by Albacete’s characteristic honesty and rigor in front of reality, his sense of humor, and his preference for lived experience over theory, The Albacete Forum will host public events, seminars, and online discussions that revisit Albacete’s work by looking at the most urgent problems and questions we face today.
Like our namesake, The Albacete Forum also values the Hispanic presence in the Catholic Church, which we will strive to support through scholarship funds, grants, and other efforts.
We invite you to become part of The Albacete Forum!
Contact us to join the hunt for undiscovered Albacete materials or to find out more about our activities. You can also support The Albacete Forum by participating in Forum events, exploring Lorenzo Albacete’s life and works, and offering your financial support. Your contributions are tax deductible.