Fr. Agustino Miguel Torres is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR), a religious community established in the Bronx, NY that is dedicated to work with the poor and evangelization. He is currently the community’s Itinerant Preacher and CFR General Council Member.
His area of study in John Paul II’s theology of culture informs much of his priestly mission, to bring about societal change through an integral view of the dignity of every human person. In 2008, Fr. Agustino founded Corazón Puro, an organization dedicated to awakening and accompanying leaders in areas of great need, beginning with Hispanic youth and young adults. As one of the founders of Catholic Underground, and two houses of discernment for men and women respectively (Casa Guadalupe, John Paul II House), he is dedicated to form the next generation of Catholic leaders.
Fr. Agustino serves on the Hispanic Advisory Board and Young Adult Outreach Board for the Archdiocese of New York. He also serves on several boards and committees across the United States responsible for the strategic engagement of Hispanic youth and young adults in the Catholic Church. These boards and committees include: FOCUS Adversity Board, Our Sunday Visitor National Hispanic Think Tank, The National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM), and The Institute for Ministry with Young Adults, Inc.
In addition, Fr. Agustino is a bilingual presenter for EWTN’s Clic con Corazon Puro and ICONS. He is an internationally renowned speaker on topics such as sexuality in the context of the Doctrine of the Church, vocational discernment, missionary discipleship, Hispanic outreach and engagement. His authenticity and grassroots approach in engaging the culture has made Catholic Church teaching both relatable and accessible to youth and young adults around the world. Every year, Fr. Agustino speaks to more than 25,000 youth and millions of persons through the media.
Recent projects include the creation of post-confirmation toolkits for Hispanic youth and young adults in English and Spanish titled, R.E.A.L. Formation (Reawaken Educate Authentic Leaders), together with the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. This project encompasses over 15 years of experience in evangelizing Hispanic youth and young adult leaders through a cultural context.