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 OHalloran (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.
The Catholic Church; ecclesial base communities; liberation theology; the Cuban Church
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
- Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley - Award of the Year 2016
- PhD (honorary), University of Portland (2016)
- Latin American Studies Association Award for Merit in the film Monseñor: the Last Journey of Óscar Romero (2012)
‘I’ll Never Forget It’: Priest Reflects On Romero Canonization
Oct 29, 2018
A priest who has spent much of his life studying the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero said seeing him made a saint at a ceremony in Rome earlier this month was both “extraordinary” and “uplifting.”
Archbishop Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI Are Made Saints
Oct 24, 2018
Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC was quoted in an article in The New York Times about the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Romero.