BY CHRIS KERR | May 30, 2013
Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., reflects on his recent book about Rutilio Grande, S.J. entitled “When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ, and the Church of El Salvador – An Ecclesiology in Context.” Grande a prophetic companion of the economically poor in El Salvador and close friend of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, was martyred himself in 1977 for speaking out against the Salvadoran government’s detainment of a fellow priest.
Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Creighton University. A graduate of Boston College School of Theology with a Ph.D. in systematic theology, he has taught at Creighton for the past eleven years and has extensive experiencing with teaching and research related to Latin America and Catholic Social Teaching.
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Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.