‘A New Social Justice Agenda for the Present’
Apr 28, 2021
LANACC serves as a bridge between the Church and the academy by promoting the bilateral exchange of ideas and practices between North America and Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, LANACC fosters pastoral bonds between the churches of the Americas.
Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC) serves as a bridge between the Church and the academy by promoting the bilateral exchange of ideas and practices between North America and Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, LANACC fosters pastoral bonds between the churches of the Americas.
LANACC interprets the Catholicism of Latin Americans to their fellow communicants in North America; promotes fraternity and unity between faith communities throughout our hemisphere, and encourages greater involvement of US churches in the ongoing quest for the peace, socioeconomic justice, and universal human dignity mandated by Jesus Christ.
Of particular note, LANACC has championed the scholarship and cause for canonization of St. Óscar Romero through annual Romero Days events that explore and celebrate the saint's legacy. Read more about Archbishop Óscar Romero here and view the panel discussion in celebration of his canonization here.
LANACC was founded in 1985 by Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, who retired in 2015.
‘A New Social Justice Agenda for the Present’
April 28, 2021
A Kellogg-supported book project that got its start during the coronavirus pandemic argues that St. Óscar Romero’s contributions to the theological understanding of Catholic social teaching have been overlooked. The contributors are developing the book through virtual sessions in a model that may be adopted for future projects.
LANACC Announces Pelton Essay Contest Winners
April 22, 2019
Romero Canonized, Called ‘A Wonderful Pastoral Example to the World’
October 15, 2018
LANACC founder and Romero scholar Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, 96, has spent his career studying Romero and traveled to Rome for the canonization. “I’m surprised how long it took to finally get to the truth about him,” he told The Guardian.
In the Media
LANACC founder and Romero scholar Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, traveled to Rome for the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Romero which took place on Sunday, October 14. Several media outlets quoted him in their coverage of the events:
"Salvadoran priest Óscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis" by Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, October 11, 2018
"Interview: 'May Pope Francis Promote Romero as a Pastoral Model of Leadership for the Entire Church'" by Deborah Castellano Lubov, Zenit, October 11, 2018
"Archbishop Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI Are Made Saints" by Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, October 14, 2018
Conferencia “Romero Days,” un puente hacia el futuro
Super Martyrio - April 3, 2018
Romero Days 2018 wraps up
March 27, 2018
Dozens of participants took part March 23 and 24 in the annual Romero Days conference at the University of Notre Dame, hosted by Latin American/North American Church Concerns and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The theme of this year’s conference was “Memorializing Martyrdom: Romero’s Beatification and Our Task Today.”
Romero Days Conference Honors Legacy of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero
by Lucy Lynch
The Observer - March 23, 2018
A Conversation with Fr. Robert Pelton
March 21, 2018
Conversations and conversions: The Bob Pelton interviews, by Peter Cajka
In the Media: Archiving, Witnessing, and Discerning: The Task of the Theologian Today
March 21, 2018
Faculty Fellow and Director of LANACC Peter Casarella has written a blog for the Association of Theological Schools entitled "Archiving, Witnessing, and Discerning: The Task of the Theologian Today," where he discusses his journey as a Catholic lay theologian, his observations of Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP on a similar path, and thoughts for others in the field today. He encourages readers to consider, "How do your job and your vocation relate to and/or complement one another? What does your apostolado universitario look like? Is there any trace of una teología del apostolado?"
A Church that Goes Forth: From Mexico City to Tepeyac
February 21, 2018
As part of his role as part in promoting the collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM), LANACC director Peter Casarella attended the installation of Carlos Cardinal Aguiar Retes as the 35th bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico City on February 5, 2018. In this reflection, Casarella writes about the experience, its place in history, and its meaning for the wider Church.
WED, FEB 24, 2021
Romero and Catholic Social Teaching: Romero and Solidarity (VIRTUAL)
Meghan ClarkElizabeth O’Donnell GandolfoTodd Walatka
WED, FEB 3, 2021
Romero and Catholic Social Teaching: Romero and the Common Good (VIRTUAL)
Nichole M. FloresStephen J. PopeTodd Walatka
WED, JAN 13, 2021
Romero and Catholic Social Teaching Session 5 (VIRTUAL)
David M. LantiguaMargaret PfeilTodd Walatka
WED, DEC 9, 2020
Romero and Catholic Social Teaching (VIRTUAL)
Edgardo Colón-EmericLeonel GuardadoTodd Walatka
THU, NOV 19, 2020
Romero and the Practice of Catholic Social Teaching (VIRTUAL)
Rubén Rosario RodríguezTodd WalatkaMatthew Philipp Whelan
WED, OCT 28, 2020
Romero and Catholic Social Teaching: Romero and Peace (VIRTUAL)
Kevin J. BurkeJosé HenriquezTodd Walatka
WED, SEP 30, 2020
Romero in Context (VIRTUAL)
Michael E. LeeSr. Ana María Pineda, RSM, STDTodd Walatka
Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC Memorial Essay Contest - (Closed)
Award winners announced
Romero Days 2020 Conference: Romero and Catholic Social Teaching
March 23-24, 2020 POSTPONED, NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED
St. Romero Martyrdom Anniversary Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame
5:15pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 POSTPONED, NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED
20th Anniversary of Ecclesia in America: A North-South Dialogue on Church Reform, Global Politics, and Local Engagement
Pope John Paul II promulgated Ecclesia in America on January 22, 1999. Notre Dame celebrated the event with an international conference that fall of 1999. This May we recall both events. In both cases, we are recalling the vision of one Church for all the Americas, extending from Canada to Tierra del Fuego. The vision of Ecclesia in America goes directly to the mission of LANACC since its founding and is a call to renew the bonds of solidarity between North and South. Both CELAM (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have met every two years, but these meetings of bishops do not get to the underlying theology or the need to renew the original vision in an academic and lay setting. In the fall of 2019, Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella will hold a meeting of Latino theologians and Latin American theologians in Brazil. This May 1st event will be a preview of that larger encounter and call to action for all Catholic universities to renew the hope inspired in 1999 by Saint John Paul II.
Romero Anniversary Vigil Mass
Romero Days 2019 - Belonging: The Church of Romero and the Gangs
LANACC Reading Group Spring 2019
Lecture: “The Poetic Construction of the Sacred in Pablo Neruda’s Poetry”
LANACC Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Canonization of Saint Archbishop Óscar Romero
LANACC Reading Group Fall 2018
China and Latin America: New Approaches and Interaction for a Growing Cooperation
Ana Maria Bidegain, Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University
Beatification Mass for Fr. Stanley Rother
The Bruised Peacemaker: The Pope in Colombia
Eileen Markey—A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura
Cardinals Bookend “Romero Days”
Romero Days Keynote by Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Now Available
Romero Days 2017
Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C. Inaugural Essay Contest
Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C. wins the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley - Award of the Year 2016
The Primacy of Relationship and the Challenge of the Migrant
"Theology from the Margins: The Chilean Contribution to Vatican II"
“Arzobispo Marcos McGrath, CSC: un pastor según el corazón del Concilio Vaticano II”
Pelton Receives Honorary Doctorate
Romero Days 2016
Los Estados Unidos en espera del Papa argentino
Romero Days 2015 - LANACC Launches New Volume on Archbishop Romero
International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero
Fr. Pelton’s Romero Film Honored by LASA
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