Fr. Robert Wright, OMI




Phone: 210-341-1366 x 223



PhL University of St. Thomas (Rome)

STB University of St. Thomas (Rome)

STL Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

PhD Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley


Parish ministry, Texas – Mexico border with migrants, basic ecclesial communities, youth retreats. Formation director and education ministry for the Oblates. Social justice advocacy.


Culture and religion, fundamental theology, U.S. Hispanic Christianity, Catholic history in the Southwest.


  • 2015. “Apostolic Community on the Texas-Mexico Border,” Oblatio 4, no. 3: 367-387.
  • 2013. “The Virgin of San Juan del Valle: Shifting Perceptions in the Borderlands,” Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture 24: 3-29.
  • 2011. “From Hispanic Gateway to Border Byway: The Catholic Church in the Middle Rio Grande District of Coahuila/Texas up to 1884,” Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture 22: 3-20.
  • 2010. “Mexican-Descent Catholics and the U.S. Church, 1880-1910: Moving Beyond Chicano Assumptions,” U.S. Catholic Historian 28, no. 4 (Fall): 73-97.
  • 2010. “Latino American Religion: Catholics, Colonial Origins,” in Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, vol. 3, 1173-1178. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Book Chapters:

  • 2014. “The Local Church and Clergy among Hispanics at the Presidio del Rio Grande up to 1850,” in San Juan Bautista, Presidio del Rio Grande, by Gloria Cadena and Angel Brown, 5-14. San Antonio: Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society.
  • 2013. “Transient Clergy in the Trans-Pecos Area, 1848-1892.” in Big Bend’s Ancient and Modern Past, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and Robert J. Mallouf, 238-275. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. Republication, slightly edited (introducing errors) of 2006 essay in Journal of Big Bend Studies.
  • 2013. “Espejo de identidades cambiantes: la devoción a Nuestra Señora de San Juan en un valle fronterizo,” in Experiencia religiosa e identidades en América Latina, edited by Imelda Vega-Centeno, 105-129. San José, Costa Rica: DEI y CEHILA.
  • 2010. “Father Refugio de la Garza: Controverted Religious Leader,” in Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, edited by Jesús F. de la Teja, 76-101. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.