Contributor: Socorro Castañeda

Dr. Socorro (Coco) Castañeda is Co-Founder, with her teenage daughter Lupita, of Becoming Mujeres a firm that helps Latina mothers and daughters translate cultural expectations into opportunities. Dr. Castañeda is a Ford Foundation fellow and author of Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America, (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her research has also been supported by the Hispanic Theological Initiative and The Louisville Institute. She is a former Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. Dr. Castañeda is a sought-out speaker and expert in the areas of Mexican Popular Catholicism, Our Lady of Guadalupe devotion, LatinX cultual expectations, mother-daughter communication, and teenage girls and social pressures.

Our Lady of Brave Change

Spiritual Imagination at the Heart of Strength & Resilience

When I set out to do research for what became a book, Our Lady of Everyday Life, on the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, or “La Virgen,” as Mexican Catholics including those that have left the church refer to her, I knew little of the kind of journey I was about to undertake. My initial goal was to learn more about the devotion to La Virgen among Mexican-origin... Read more