2012-2013 Teresa Dease Lecture
A pilgrim people, a human journey: theological perspectives on migration and Eucharist
There are 200 million people worldwide, roughly the equivalent of the population of Brazil, who are displaced from their homelands by wars, genocide, famine, natural catastrophes, and collapsed or withering economies. "When we look at the experience of migrants today, we see that they are hungry in their homeland, thirsty when they cross the desert, naked after having been robbed even of their clothing, imprisoned in detention centers, sick in hospitals, and then, if they make it across, treated as strangers." In this lecture, Professor Groody considers the complexity and urgency of the global phenomenon of migration, and invites us to respond to the inhumanity with hospitality.
Daniel G. Groody
Daniel G. Groody, CSC, PhD, University of Notre Dame
Daniel G. Groody is a member of the Holy Cross community and Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame. Drawing on years of work in Latin America, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border, he has authored various books and articles including Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit, and Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (2007). He is also editor of two books, The Option for the Poor in Christian Theology (2007), and co-editor of A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration (2007). Dr. Groody has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, and immigration.
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Loretto Sisters