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LaSalle University Theologian to speak about two modern martyrs

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Oscar Romero topic of lecture

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) –Dr. Geoffrey B. Kelly, professor of systematic theology at LaSalle University, will speak at Moravian College on Monday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex room 101. Kelly’s lecture, “Two Modern Martyrs of Conscience” will focus on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a prominent German theologian and minister who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazi regime, and Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop of El Salvador. The program is sponsored by the Moravian Arts and Lectures series. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Kelly is one of the leading experts on Bonhoeffer in the United States. He is a founding member of the English language section of the International Bonhoeffer Society.

On April 5, 1943, Bonhoeffer was arrested and eventually taken to a German concentration camp. Two years later, Hitler ordered his death by hanging.

Today, Kelly’s writings on Bonhoeffer continue to redefine ways to fulfill the Gospel in light of modern challenges. He is the author of Liberating Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Message for Today and numerous articles on Bonhoeffer. He is co-editor of A Testament to Freedom: the Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as well as the English edition of a key volume in the new, authoritative critical edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer works, namely the volume entitled Discipleship (formerly called The Cost of Discipleship).

As a Roman Catholic, Kelly has particular interest in the progressive movements of the church in Latin America and the late Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop of El Salvador. Archbishop Romero was a strong advocate for human rights in his country. There, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, civil war and death squads took the lives of up to 3,000 people per month. Romero begged the governments of El Salvador and the United States to stop assisting these actions. On March 23, 1980, immediately after saying a mass against such violence, a gunman supported by these nations assassinated Romero behind his altar.