Students and faculty to visit Cuba

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Some 20 students and faculty from the University of Notre Dame will travel to Cuba during spring break to examine the life and situation of the Catholic Church there.

Most of the students are enrolled in a Notre Dame theology course, “From Power to Communion,” taught by Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., professor of theology and fellow of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Father Pelton will lead the tour, which is scheduled from March 5 to 14.

Father Pelton led a similar trip to Cuba last year, when the visit was limited to the city of Havana, but this year the Notre Dame group will visit a variety of sites throughout the island. Catholic Relief Services, which administers several projects in Cuba, will serve as a host and guide to the group.

Father Pelton, who directs the Kellogg Institute’s Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), is a frequent visitor to Cuba and the author of numerous articles and books about the Catholic Church in Latin America, including “From Power to Communion: Toward a New Way of Being Church Based on the Latin American Experience.” He will be accompanied on the trip by James McAdams, Scholl Professor of International Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame.

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