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.

Thematic Interests

The Catholic Church; ecclesial base communities; liberation theology; the Cuban Church

Current Research

The Catholic Church; the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Bishops (CELAM) in Aparecida, Brazil 2007; other major meetings of CELAM after Vatican II.


Kellogg Book Series


Pelton, Robert, ed. The Surprising Adventures of Balthazar, by Claudio Orrego Vicuna (trans. Christine Cervenak, 2011)
Pelton, Robert, ed. Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla, by Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore (2010)
Pelton, Robert, ed. Archbishop Romero: A Disciple Who Revealed the Glory of God, by Damian Zynda (2010)
Coauthor. The Future of Our Past: The Rev. Robert S. Pelton’s Life, Light, and Social Vision of Notre Dame in the New Millennium, (Diamond Communications, 2001)

Book Chapters

“North America,” in James O’Halloran, ed., Living Cells: Vision and Practicalities of Small Christian Communities and Groups (Columba Press, 2010)
“A Preferential and Evangelizing Option for the Poor: The Catholic Church from Medellin to Aparecida,” in Lee M. Penyak and Walter J. Petry, eds., Religion and Society in Latin America: Interpretative Essays from Conquest to Present (Orbis Books, 2009)
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