Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C.
Director Emeritus, Institute for Church Life
O319 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C., is a 1945 sum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He received S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from St. Thomas University in Rome, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1949. At various times, he served Notre Dame as Instructor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department, Founding Director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), and Fellow of Kellogg Institute. He served as Religious Superior and Rector of St. George’s College, Santiago, Chile; advisor to Cardinal Suenens during Vatican II; and Episcopal Vicar for Religious Institutes, Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile. He coordinated the U.S. Conference Research Project on the Churches of America. An accredited journalist or invited participant at the Puebla, Santo Domingo, and Aparecida Conferences of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), he published the only English-language appraisal of the Aparecida Conference. An invited participant at CELAM’s Continental meeting in Ecuador, he also attended the Special Synod on the Laity in Rome. He has sponsored the annual Notre Dame Romero Conferences every year since 1987. The author of countless books and journal articles and the award-winning documentary, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Latin America, Father Pelton continues to write extensively about the major Latin American conferences, the Blessed Oscar Romero, and Liberation Theology.