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)
Casarella Leads Digital Library Project Documenting Rise of Contemporary Latin American Church
Aug 29, 2017
Faculty Fellow Peter Casarella, who directs LANACC, is leading an ambitious project to create a digital archive of important historical materials related to the Latin American Catholic Church.