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Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)

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 foster 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.

LANACC was founded in 1985 by Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, who retired in 2015.

Director: Faculty Fellow Peter Casarella

News and Events

Farrell O'Gorman--Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination
Reception and Book Discussion

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LANACC Director, Peter Casarella, takes part in the 30th SOTER International Congress
"30º Congreso de la SOTER: la teología del pueblo no rechaza la teología de la liberación"

Vida Nueva - July 2017

Fr. Robert Pelton's Service in Chile
"Truth to Power"
Notre Dame Magazine (Spring issue)

Eileen Markey—A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura
Book Discussion and Luncheon
109 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Friday, April 21, 2017

Cardinals Bookend “Romero Days”
The 30th annual “Romero Days” took the form of an international conference on Christian discipleship, with scholars, clergy—including two cardinals—and lay people from around the world taking part.

Romero Days Keynote by Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Now Available
Tuesday, March 28

Romero Days 2017
Christian Discipleship: The Witness of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero

March 24-28, 2017
University of Notre Dame

Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C. Inaugural Essay Contest
Deadline: March 7, 2017
Submit your essay here.

Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C. wins the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley - Award of the Year 2016

The Primacy of Relation and the Challenge of the Migrant
— a LANACC conference in Rome
February 6, 2017

The Primacy of Relationship and the Challenge of the Migrant
El Primato della Relazione e la Sfida del Migrante

International Conference
University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway , January 11-13, 2017

"Theology from the Margins: The Chilean Contribution to Vatican II"
Sandra Arenas
Assistant Professor of Theology, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Kellogg Institute Visiting Scholar
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Arzobispo Marcos McGrath, CSC: un pastor según el corazón del Concilio Vaticano II
“Archbishop Marcos McGrath, CSC: A Pastor at the Heart of the Second Vatican Council”
(Lecture in Spanish with English translation)
Cardinal José Luis Lacunza, OAR
Bishop of David, Panama
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pelton Receives Honorary Doctorate
May 4, 2016
Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland in recognition of his exemplary career as a “noted filmmaker, scholar, author, theology professor, and globetrotter” and lifelong commitment of service to Latin America and the Latin American Church.

Romero Days 2016
March 31 - April 1, 2016

Los Estados Unidos en espera del Papa argentino
Peter Casarella

LANACC Launches New Volume on Archbishop Romero
Latin American/North American Church Concerns
(LANACC) will host a panel discussion to celebrate Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World, edited by Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC. The book grew out of a 2014 Kellogg conference.

Book Launch: "Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World"
Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 4 pm

Celebrating the Spiritual Leadership of Archbishop Romero
Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World, edited by Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, originated in a 2014 international conference.

International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero
September 25 - 28, 2014

Fr. Pelton’s Romero Film Honored by LASA
Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero received top honors at the 2012 Film Festival of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Romero Lecture Series
Also known as “Romero Days,” this is an annual series, launched in 1987, of lectures and panels commemorating Archbishop Romero. 




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