Book edited by Father Groody wins Pax Christi Award

Author: Arts and Letters

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“The Option for the Poor in Christian Theology,” edited by Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the Pax Christi USA 2007 Book Award during the organization’s Pursuit of Peace Celebration on Wednesday (Sept. 12) in Washington, D.C.

Published in May by Notre Dame Press, the book draws on leading international scholars’ reflections on liberation theology and its central premise of a preferential option for the poor. It explores how the Christian tradition can help us understand the theological foundations for the option for the poor. The book’s central focus revolves around one question: How can one live a Christian life in a world of destitution?

Father Groody, director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture in Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is the author of “Globalization, Spirituality and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace” and “Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit.” He has been studying Mexican immigration for almost 20 years and recently released two film documentaries, “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey,” which aired on PBS, and “Strangers No Longer,” which was produced for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and their Justice for Immigrants Campaign. Both seek to present the “human face” of the immigrant, and Catholic social teaching on migration.

Currently, Father Groody is conducting further research on theology and immigration as part of a fellowship at the Refugee Centre at Oxford University.

Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and witnessing the call of Christian nonviolence.

Contact: Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C.,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on September 05, 2007.