Sponsors of the Declaration Names G-H

Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala

Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, scientist, theologian and writer, is Head of the Tissue Bank at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India. She obtained her professional degrees at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Mumbai (PhD Medicine). She studied theology at St. Pius X College, Mumbai (10 courses of in total 212 lectures, 1985-1989) and at the Catherine of Siena Virtual College, Cincinnati, USA (2 courses, 2011).
Dr Lobo Gajwala published numerous articles in over 30 weeklies, periodicals and theological journals. She edited: Practicing Peace: Feminist Theology of Liberation, Asian Perspectives (ed. with Judette Gallares, Claretian Publications 2011); Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness & Equal Discipleship (ed. with Varghese Theckanath & Raynah Braganza Passanha, Streevani, Pune 2012) .  She wrote the following chapters in books: “Making Space for the Other” in Creating a Balance: Developing New relationships Between Women and Men (Coady International Institute 2013); “Making a Path to the Womb: Eco-feminism and Its Implications” in Ecological Concerns: An Indian Christian Response (eds. Joseph Mattam & Jacob Vavunkal, Bangalore 1998); “The Passion of the Womb: Women Re-living the Eucharist” in Body Bread, Blood: Eucharistic Perspectives From the Indian Church (ed. Francis Gonsalves, Vidyajyoti 2000); “Struggling for the Soul: Women in Base Communities” in Seeking New Horizons (ed. Leonard Fernando, ISPCK 2002); “Mothering God” in Concerns of Women: An Indian Theological Response (eds. Evelyn Monteiro & Kochurani Abraham, Bangalore 2005); “The Wake-up Call for the Church” in Shaping Tomorrow’s Church: Formation of Priests & Religious for India (ed. Kurien Kunnumpuram, St. Paul’s 2006); “The Passion of the Womb: Women Re-living the Eucharist” in Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia (eds. Agnes M. Brazal & Andrea Lizares, Ateneo de Manila university Press 2007); “Living the Tension: The Inter-faith Family in Dialogue” in Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives (eds. Sharon A. Bong & Pushpa Joseph, Malaysia 2008); “Women and Power” in Towards the Full Flowering of the Human: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Empowerment of Women (eds. Kurien Kunnumpuram & Evelyn Monteiro, Saint Paul 2011); “Negotiating Partnership in the Church” in Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness & Equal Discipleship (Mumbai 2012).
Dr Lobo Gajwala has been on the Editorial Boards of Word and Worship, journal of the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre, and The Examiner, a newsweekly of the Bombay Archdiocese. She has worked on the Executive Team and served as a Resource Person for the Ecclesia of Women in AsiaIndian Theological AssociationIndian Women’s Theological Forum, Commission for Women, Archdiocese of Bombay and Satyashodhak, a feminist collective. She has been a Consultor for the Indian bishops’ CBCI Commission for Womensince 1992, helping draft the Gender Policy of the Catholic Church of India, and has been a resource person for the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC). She has served as Secretary of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Mumbai, and Vice President of its parish councils, member of parish liturgical teams and core teams of the Zonal Basic Christian Communities

Prof Joaquín García Roca

Dr Joaquín García Roca, a sociologist and theologian, is Professor of Social Movements and Participation at the University of Valencia, Spain, and visiting professor of Central American Universities: University of El Salvador (UES) and Central University (UCA). He obtained a LicTheol at the Pontifical University of Salamanca (1970), a PhD in theology at the Gregorian University (1973) and a PhD in philosophy at the University of St Thomas in Rome (1975). He received the doctorate Honoris Causa from the Bolivarian University of Chile.
Among his books we find: Reinvención de la exclusión social en tiempos de crisis(Madrid 2012); Espiritualidad para voluntarios. Hacia una mística de la solidaridad(Madrid 2011); La búsqueda de Dios desde los Exilios (Santiago de Chile 2007); El Mito de la Seguridad (Madrid 2006); Políticas y programas de participación social(Madrid 2004); En tránsito hacia los últimos. Crítica Política del Voluntariado (Santander 2001); Escuela solidaria, espacio popular (Madrid 2001); Caminar juntos con humildad. Acción colectiva, relaciones sinérgicas y redes solidarias. Pensamiento en Acción (Madrid. 2000); Imaginario Social de los Jóvenes. Encuentros, Casa de la Juventud (Lima 1999); La educación en el cambio de milenio: retos y oportunidades desde la tradición cristiana(Santander 1998); Contracultura de la solidaridad y Exclusión social: prácticas, discursos y narraciones (Madrid 1998); Creciendo en solidaridad con los empobrecidos (Canarias, 1996); Contra la exclusión. Responsabilidad pública e iniciativa social (Santander 1995); El voluntariado como recurso, Premio Investigación Bancaixa(Valencia, 1994); Solidaridad y voluntariado, Presencia social (Santander 1994); Desigualdad, pobreza y mundo desarrollado (Madrid 1994); Público y Privado en la Acción Social. Del Estado de Bienestar al Estado Social(Madrid 1992 Pedagogía de la Marginación (Madrid 1991); El cristianismo ¿Una utopía ética inalcanzable?(Madrid 1991); El Dios de la fraternidad, Aquí y Ahora (Madrid 1990); La dimensión pública de la fe (Madrid 1989); Cristianismo y Marginación Social (Bilbao 1987).