The Rev. Nancy Frausto Director of Latinx Studies

The Reverend Nancy Frausto, born in Zacatecas, Mexico, immigrated to the U.S. as a child. She is the first and only DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) beneficiary priest in the Episcopal Church and a founding member of the Diocese of Los Angeles Sanctuary Task Force. A powerful preacher, teacher, and witness to the power of God's liberating love, she is the Diocese of Los Angeles' first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish Speaking Episcopal Church who has gone on to pursue ordination. Nancy recognizes the importance of honoring diversity in language, culture, social-economic status, and race in people's stories. Her passion for storytelling and finding God amid chaos, pain, laughter, and joy drives her desire to share her personal story and hear the stories of others who seek, name, and celebrate Jesus' loving presence in their lives. Nancy is the recipient of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Beatitudes Society Fellowship. She was named one of the "Future 50" Interfaith Leaders in Los Angeles to watch by the Interreligious Council of Southern California.  In 2013, Nancy completed her Diploma in Theology from Bloy House, the Episcopal Seminary at Claremont School of Theology; she received the Thomas Cranmer Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Liturgical Scholarship and the Preaching Excellence Award. Online magazine relevant.com named her one of their 12 effective Women Preachers.  In the spring of 2018, CBS network featured her work on their documentary Race, Religion & Resistance.