Course Facilitator Details

Deacon Rodolfo L Villarreal III

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Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Mission Statement: To comfort the disturbed, and to disturb the comfortable. Deacon Rodolfo “Rudy” Villarreal is self-described as a husband, a father, a public speaker, a Roman Catholic deacon, a theologian and missionary disciple of Jesus Christ. He is married and has 4 children. He is an alumnus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (with a minor in History) and a Master of Arts degree in Theology. He also received a Diploma in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary as part of his diaconal formation. He is a Deacon for the Diocese of Austin, currently on a temporary assignment in Zurich, Switzerland. In his secular life, Villarreal, an accomplished public speaker, is a consultant helping organizations grow their business through training, project management and writing RFP/ITT responses (Requests for Proposal and Invitations to Tender). He helps his wife who leads a missionary program in Honduras called Friends of Los Niños ( – a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization – where a group of amazing donors and volunteers help support children in an orphanage in El Progreso. They also work with several impoverished villages helping to empower people through education, skills development and encouraging micro businesses. Villarreal is the creator of the new podcast “deacon rudy’s notes” ( which offers down-to-earth reflections on the Sunday Catholic mass readings. His most recent book (2016) is: My Mission Journal: A Guide for Prayer and Reflection published by Deep River Press, Inc., (Sanford, North Carolina). His current research is in moral healthcare finance models; re-examining church structures considering leadership shortfalls; exploring the divine intimacy in Christian marriage, and spirituality.