Luz Marina Diaz

Director of Religious Education

Luz Marina Díaz was born in Caracas, Venezuela. In her early years, she worked as a system analyst and danced, choreographed, and taught in two major dance companies in Venezuela. She discovered her vocation as a spiritual director, liturgical dancer, and religious educator in 1994 when she moved to New York.

Díaz has 22 years of dedicated service in catechetical leadership and has been Director of the Religious Education Program at Xavier since August 2007. She oversees the Family Faith Program and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). She coordinates private and communal baptisms and prepares parents and godparents for their children’s baptisms. She is also a member of the Liturgical Ministry, ISEL (Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Life), and the Interfaith Committee.

Diaz holds a degree in Computer Science from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education (M.A.) from Fordham University, and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Fordham University (Ph.D.). Diaz received an Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Director with a concentration on guiding and teaching The Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola from Fairfield University and an Advanced Certificate in Supervision from Fordham University. By election of the Fordham University chapter, she is a member of The Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. She is an adjunct professor of spirituality and Director of the Spiritual Direction Practicum at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University.


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