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Rev. Robert Pelton, CSCRev. Robert Pelton, CSC

Concurrent Professor Emeritus, Theology
Director Emeritus, Institute for Pastoral and Social Ministry
Director Emeritus, Latin American/North American Church Concerns
(STD, St. Thomas University, Rome, 1952)
319 Hesburgh Center

Geographic focus: Latin America

Thematic interests: The Catholic Church; ecclesial base communities; liberation theology; the Cuban Church.

Research interests: 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.

Selected publications:

  • Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World, editor (Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2015)

  • “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)

  • Aparecida: Quo Vadis?editor (University of Scranton Press, 2009)

  • Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet for the New Millennium, editor (University of Scranton Press, 2006)

  • Monsignor Romero: A Bishop of the Third Millennium, editor (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004)

  • The Future of Our Past: The Rev. Robert S. Pelton’s Life, Light, and Social Vision of Notre Dame in the New Millennium, coauthor (Diamond Communications, 2001)

  • Small Christian Communities: Imagining Future Church, editor (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997)

  • From Power to Communion: Toward a New Way of Being Church Based on the Latin American Experience (University of Notre Dame Press, 1994)

General editor, University of Scranton/University of Chicago Press Series: “Peace, Justice, Human Rights, and Freedom in Latin America, in Honor of Archbishop Óscar Romero, Martyr and Prophet.” Series includes:

  • The Surprising Adventures of Balthazar, by Claudio Orrego Vicuna (trans. Christine Cervenak, 2011)

  • Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla, by Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore (2010)

  • Archbishop Romero: A Disciple Who Revealed the Glory of God, by Damian Zynda (2010)


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