Fr. Leobardo (Leo) Almazán, O. P.

- Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
- Montesinos Fellow.
- Member of the Permanent Delegation of the Order of Preachers to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland  (“Dominicans for Justice and Peace”)


  • S.T.D., Social Ethics / Human Rights (Lateran University/Alphonsian Academy, Rome – candidate)
  • S.T.L., Moral Theology (Lateran University/Alphonsian Academy, Rome, 2011)
  • M.A., Moral Theology (Oblate School of Theology, 2005)
  • S.T.B., Holy Scriptures (Pontifical University of México, 1999) 
  • M.A. in Philosophy (1995) 

I was born in México City, and am a member of the Southern Dominican Province, U.S.A.  I made simple profession on August 12, 2001, and solemn profession on May 26, 2004.  I was then ordained to the priesthood on July 30, 2005.

Before joining the Dominicans, I worked as political adviser, high school professor, and college professor.  After my ordination to the priesthood, I worked as parish priest, high school campus minister, and theology professor.  In 2007, I was sent to Rome, obtaining a STL in Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy in 2011.  I am presently pursuing a STD - Doctorate of Sacred Theology {Moral} at the same institution.

Since 2011, I have been a member of the permanent delegation of the Order of Preachers to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland (“Dominicans for Justice and Peace).  In May 2014, I was elected Prior of St. Dominic Priory/House of Studies in St. Louis, MO.

Teaching Experience:

  • Fundamental Moral Theology (Thomistic Foundations of Moral Theology).
  • Catholic Social Thought (CST’s historical development).
  • Human Rights (Philosophical foundations, nexus between theory and praxis, and “new rights” issues).
  • Hispanic Latino Theology and Thought (Liberation theologies).
  • Philosophy (History of Ancient Philosophy, Philosophical Ethics, Anthropology, Aristotle’s Ethics, and Existentialism).
  • Areas of Specialization
  • Aristotelian Ethics.
  • Aquinas & Virtue Ethics.
  • Historical Development of CST.
  • Human Rights.
  • Hispanic/Latino theology.
  • Ancient Philosophy.
  • Existentialism.

Selected Publications:

  • “María: Mediadora Solidaria,” Revista Albertus Magnus, vol. III, no. 4 (Julio-Diciembre 2012): 131–158.
  • Teaching Engagements
  • “Critical Analysis of the Modern Theory of Human Rights: Lack of a Coherent Theoretical Framework,” Keynote at the International Conference on The Foundations of Liberalism and Human Rights, The Continual Relevance of the School of Salamanca, organized by Domuni Universitas, Salamanca, Spain (July 2014).
  • “La Teología Moral,” four-hour session, Curso Nuestra Fe / Office of Hispanic Ministry, Archdiocese of St. Louis (March 2014).
  • “Altruism, Compassion and Solidarity During Times of Hardship: A Roman Catholic Perspective,” Lecture at the Abrahamic Traditions’ Dinner, St. Louis, MO (October 2013).
  • Current Interests
  • Aquinas & Virtue Ethics.
  • Catholic Moral Theology and Neuroscience.
  • CST and Migration.
  • Uses of Philosophy in Theology.
  • Justice in a Multicultural Perspective.