Lee received the honor on Saturday, July 17 for his book, Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuria (Crossroad, 2009). The book analyzes the philosophical, Christological, and ecclesiological dimensions of the Jesuit martyr’s theology and puts them into dialogue with the post-modern discourse of the ‘Radical Orthodoxy’ school of thought.
Born in Miami, FL of Puerto Rican parents, Lee’s special area of scholarship is the Roman Catholic Spanish-speaking world and liberation theology. He has studied with Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P. and Virgilio Elizondo. Lee’s practical ministry experience includes living in Andre House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Arizona that subsisted on donations alone and fed more than 1000 meals nightly to the homeless.
The awardees described Lee’s book as “a scholarly work that is almost archival in its depth of research, yet clearly written . . . a wonderful introduction in English to the Jesuit priest’s philosophical and theological itinerary.”
Following acceptance of the award Lee presented a lecture, “Head To Ground: Ignacio Ellacuria’s Theology and Praxis” at the Seminary’s main campus.