Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)
Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC) was founded in 1985 by the Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, to foster pastoral bonds between the churches of South, Central, and North America. LANACC carries out a mission of information, interpreting the Catholicism of Latin Americans to their fellow communicants in North America; promoting fraternity and unity between faith communities throughout our hemisphere, and encouraging greater involvement of United States churches in the ongoing quest for the peace, socioeconomic justice, and universal human dignity mandated by Jesus Christ.
Robert S. Pelton, CSC, received his Sacrae Theologiae Doctor from St. Thomas University, Rome, and is currently a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), both at the University of Notre Dame. Specializing in Latin America, liberation theology, Small Christian Communities (also known as CEBs and BECs), Archbishop Óscar Romero, and martyrdom in Latin America, he has recently published “North America,” in Living Cells, ed. James O’Halloran (2010) and “A Preferential and Evangelizing Option for the Poor: The Catholic Church from Medellín to Aparecida,” in Religion and Society in Latin America, ed. Lee M. Penyak and Walter Perry (2009). He also produced the LASA award-winning documentary Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero. In progress is an article on the role of the laity in the Christianity of Latin America for The Oxford Handbook for the Christian Church.