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Past Romero Days Events

Romero Days 2016

Thursday, March 31st

5:15 pm: Mass to Commemorate the Death of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Rev. Mark DeMott, CSC
Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC
Coro Primavera

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Catholic Martyrs of the War in El Salvador
Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium

Friday events are free but require registration. Click here to register.

3:30-4:30 pm: The Witness and Legacy of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU
The moderator and panelists are members of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, as was Sr. Dorothy Kazel.

Sr. Maureen Doyle, OSU
Sr. Martha Owen, OSU
Sr. Rose Elizabeth Terrell, OSU
Sr. Roberta Goebel, OSU
Sr. Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU

5:00-6:30 pm: The Witness and Legacy of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero

Todd Walatka, University of Notre Dame (Theology)
Margaret Pfeil, University of Notre Dame (Theology)
José Inocencio Alas, Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica
Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, University of Notre Dame (Theology, Emeritus)

Closing Remarks
J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame (Theology)

Dinner to follow

Romero Days 2015

"Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World"

Book Launch and Discussion

Thursday, September 17, 2015
4:00 pm - Hesburgh Center Auditorium

A presentation of the newly published book Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World (Lexington Books, 2015), edited by Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC

Romero Days 2014

International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero

University of Notre Dame
September 25 - 28, 2014

RomeroMonseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero

Calendar of Events

Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero tells the story of the last three years of Archbishop Romero’s life through the prism of his own understanding of the beatitudes. The film brings to light the extent to which the story of Óscar Romero’s life and death is impossible to tell without placing the Latin American campesinos at the center. It was they who inspired Romero to find his mission; it was because of the relationship he developed with them that he was killed.

[Recommended by Gustavo Gutierrez, OP, and Jay Cocks, film critic and screenwriter]

In addition to serving as a theological consultant on the film Fr. Robert Pelton CSC has also collaborated in preparing a study guide to accompany the film for catechetical purposes. Copies of the study guide are available in English or Spanish. The study guide offers suggestions for a five-day lesson plan to accompany the viewing of the film with discussion prompts, assignments, and review. References to Michael Pennock’s Catholic Social Teaching: Learning and Living Justice are included. Both are available for purchase along with the film from Ave Maria Press (

For ordering options please visit the webpage of First Run Features in March ( or call 212-243-0600.

Father James Flanigan, CSC Emeritus, Sculpter in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, has been commissioned to sculpt a work honoring Archbishop Romero.

Send in your local news about Archbishop Romero!

Latin America

The Cushwa Center at theUniversity of Notre Dame is sponsoring an international research project concerning the implementation of Vatican II on the part of selected dioceses. One of the selected is the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile. The specific study will include an analysis od Small Christian Communities. This report will be shared publicly at a later date.

Book Review

Romero Days 2013

Romero Days Film Screening, "Monsenor"
Wednesday, March 20
7:00 pm - Eck Visitor's Center

Thursday – Saturday, March 21 – 23

Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

McKenna Hall/Notre Dame Conference Center

Cosponsored with Center for Social Concerns; Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; Catholic Relief Services; Catholic Social Tradition Minor; Center for Civil and Human Rights; Center for the Study of Religion and Society; Cushwa Center for American Catholicism; Department of Political Science; Department of Theology; College of Arts & Letters, Henkels Lecture Series, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; Institute for Church Life; Institute for Latino Studies; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; National Center for the Laity; Notre Dame Graduate School; Office of Sustainability; Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Friday, March 22

Julian Filochowski, CMG, OBE
Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust in England, Former Director of CAFOD

Romero Lecture
Romero as a Peacemaker

8:00pm - McKenna Hall/Notre Dame Conference Center

Saturday, March 23

Romero Days Workshop

Attendance Reservation Requested

A workshop for teachers on how to incorporate a five-day mini unit using the film Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero into any theology course.  Samples from the mini-unit and other social justice resources published by Ave Maria Press will be shared.  The event is suitable for high school theology teachers, parish youth ministers, director's of religious education, parish social justice team members, and any others interested in using Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero in a catechetical setting.

Ave Maria Press is a ministry of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

Contact Christopher Sallak to reserve your place in the workshop or should you have any questions.

10:00 am to 11:15 am - Ave Maria Press, 19113 Douglas Road, on the Notre Dame campus (enter through the front door on Douglas Road)

Romero Days 2012

Theme "Romero and the Social Teaching of the Church"

the 40th Anniversary of the 1971 Bishops' Synod on Justice
the 30th Anniversary of Justice Education at Saint Mary's College

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Educational Workshop based upon the Film "Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero"
Hesburgh Center for International Studies
(to register for the workshop, please contact Michael Amodei -

4:15 pm - "Romero and the Social Themes of the Film"
Professor Margaret Pfeil, University of Notre Dame

5:15 pm - "Catechesis of the Film"
Michael Amodei, Ave Maria Press

7:00 pm - Film "Monseñor"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

4:00 pm - Mass at the Church of Loretto, Saint Mary's College
Presider and Homilist - Bishop Kevin Dowling, CSsR
Bishop of Rustenburg, Pretoria South Africa

7:30 pm - Address "Archbishop Romero: An Icon for South Africa"
Bishop Kevin Dowling, CSSR
Madeleva Hall, Carroll Auditorium, Saint Mary's College
(free and open to the public)

Romero Days 2011

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

RomeroPresident of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace 

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Preacher and Teacher

Friday, March 25, 2011
8:00 pm - The Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) Auditorium

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast, Ghana, has served as president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1997–2005); chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana; member of the National Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment; and treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). He holds a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

Romero Days 2010

Fr. PeltonWednesday, March 24


"Civil and Human Rights and the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala"

Lecture by Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala

Eck Hall of Law, Room 1130


Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

With special guests Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini and the Reverend Monsignor Carlos Quintana Puente

Thursday, March 25


"The Palace of Justice: A Colombian Tragedy"

Lecture by Ana Carrigan, Journalist, Author, and Cinematographer based on her book El Palacio de Justicia: Una Tragedia Colombiana (Icono, 2009)

Hesburgh Center Auditorium


VIP Reception & Dinner benefitting the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House
For more information contact Therese Hanlon at 574-631-4150 or


US Premiere MONSEÑOR (Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero)

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Browning Cinema

Friday, March 26


FTT Talks - MONSEÑOR (Monseñor, the Last Journey of Oscar Romero) - A discussion with the film's creative team


Monday, March 29


Screening MONSEÑOR (Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero)

Post-screening discussion with Timothy Matovina, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame.

Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Student Center

MONSEÑOR (Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero)

On March 24, 1980, Monseñor Óscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, was killed by a professional hit man as he stood at the altar celebrating a memorial Mass for a friend. His assassination became the catalyst for a civil war that lasted for twelve years and cost more than 75,000, mostly civilian, lives. This film tells the story of the last three years of his life.

The narrative spine of MONSEÑOR (Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero) develops through Romero’s own words, in extracts from his Sunday homilies and from his personal diary, in which each night he recorded the events of the day and his own thoughts and reflections. The story of El Salvador as the war approaches is told through the experiences of a cross section of Salvadorans: campesinos, guerrillas, soldiers, politicians, priests, nuns, catechists—providing a chorus of voices of people who shared with Romero the tragic history of their country. As this history evolves, so too will the reasons for Romero’s murder. 

There have been several films about Monseñor Romero; this one is different in several respects: 
It is the first film about Romero that goes beyond the classic genre of a filmed biography, to explore and probe the contemporary significance and legacy of his life and tragic death.
It is the first film about Romero to place the Latin American campesinos at the center of the story: it was they who inspired Romero to find his mission; it was because of the relationship
he developed with them that he was killed.

Towards the end of his life, when his conviction and courage were leading him irrevocably to a “death foretold,” Romero had transcended his own small country. In the telling of this story, the film will connect Romero’s life and death to the larger story of the cycles of poverty, rural abandon, and despair that—beyond the borders of El Salvador—are today’s reality across Latin America and beyond.

The Creative Team

Rev. Robert Pelton, csc

Ana Carrigan
Francisco Vargas

Emanuele Pasquale

Ana Carrigan
Juliet Weber

Everardo Gonzalez

Juliet Weber
Joaquin Perez

Fabricio Villegas

Ana Carrigan

Eugene Palumbo

Eliud Porras

Margarita Herrera

Rodolfo Santa María

Romero Days Cosponsors

Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)
Bishop Shaheen Leadership Fund
the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
the Center for Civil and Human Rights
the Center for Social Concerns
the Department of Theology
the Institute for Church Life
the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Campus Ministry
the Institute for Latino Studies
the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre—FTT Talks

In the Footsteps of the Bishop of the World
March 23–24, 2009

“I Shall Arise in the Salvadoran People: An Interview Project on Romero's Continuing Presence”
Cinnamon Sarver
Notre Dame Graduate Student in Theology

“Aparecida and the Latin American Church’s Road Map to Intercultural Dialogue”
Rev. Stephen Judd, MM
Specialist on inculturation

“Now I Understand”
Eugene Palumbo
Expert on the role of the Catholic Church in El Salvador

2008 Romero Days at Notre Dame
March 18–19, 2008

"El Caso Romero"
Margaret Pfeil
Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Lawrence S. Cunningham
John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dam
Michael Lee
Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Chaired by Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC

2007 Romero Days
March 27–29, 2007

"Human Rights in El Salvador Today"
Judge Victoria Marina de Avilés
Supreme Court Justice, El Salvador
Neris Gonzalez
Witness, Florida Trial of Salvadoran Military
Douglass Cassel
Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights
John D. French
Associate Professor of History, Duke University
Karen Richman
Director, Migration and Border Studies, Institute for Latino Studies

"El Salvador Reform of the Judiciary"
Judge Victoria Marina de Aviles
Supreme Court Justice, El Salvador

Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet
April 4–6, 2006

"The Salvadoran Elections and the Prospects for Democracy in El Salvador"
Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens
Department of History, California State University and Kellogg Visiting Fellow
Marc Belanger
Department of Political Science, Saint Mary’s College
Douglass Cassel
Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights, ND Law School
Dr. Héctor Dada Hirezi
Former deputy in the Salvadorian Assembly
Chaired by Scott Mainwaring
Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

"Travesías: Imagining the Hispanic Caribbean from the Diaspora"
Yolanda Martínez–San Miguel

"Un Hombre de Fe en Jesús de Nasaret"
Dr. Héctor Dada Hirezi
former deputy in the Salvadoran Assembly

Film and Commentary: "Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet"
Fr. Robert Pelton, C.S.C.
Director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)

Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet: A Bishop for the New Millennium
March 15–17, 2005

“Non Poena sed Causa: A Contemporary Understanding of Martyrdom”
Professor Lawrence Cunningham
University of Notre Dame – Department of Theology

“Romero: A Martyr for the Magisterium”
Monsignor Ricardo Urioste
Vicar General

“The Future of the Church in the Memory of Romero”
Kevin Burke, S.J.
Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Boston College

Special Interest Workshops - Theme: “Peacemaking”

“Romero as Peacemaker”
Michel Andraos

“Romero and Human Rights”
Margaret Swedish

“Challenges of Immigration”
Kristina Campbell

“Romero the Preacher”
Barbara Reid

“Globalization and Justice”
Rick Jones

“A Student Appraisal of Romero”
Jessica Brock

“Honoring Women of Service in Latin America”
Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez
Monsignor Ricardo Urioste

“Archbishop Romero: A Bishop for the New Millennium”
Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez

Remembering Romero After 9/11: Naming the Powers
Otto Maduro, Chair of Drew University's PhD Program in Religion and Society
March 23, 2004

Romero was not a victim of armed violence, according to Otto Maduro. "He was another victim of a global system of profits and privileges where those who don't learn early and well to toe the line ... end up subject to harsher means to make them toe the line," Maduro explained. Maduro warned the audience that the feasibility and hope for social, economic and political changes have all but waned in important sectors and regions of the Americas and the world, partly as a result of free-market fundamentalism. To remember Romero after 9/11, he challenged attendees to shed old answers and share "the weight of our most pressing, deep, feared questions."

To download the whole lecture, please click here.

Archbishop Romero: Martyr of the Option for the Poor
Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristobal de Las Casas
March 18, 2003

The Catholic Church's often-mentioned preferential option for the poor "is not optional," said Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia. Ruiz, the retired bishop of Chiapas, Mexico, quoted Romero as saying, "the Christian who doesn't want to live this commitment of solidarity with the poor is not worthy of being called a Christian." The importance of solidarity with the poor is "constitutive of the Church," said Ruiz, noting that Romero came to insist upon a faith linked to social justice. He praised Romero as a man ready to recognize his own faults and ask for forgiveness and as a man who saw the need to counter violence by countering its roots in social injustice.

To read a more detailed story, please click here.

To read and download the whole lecture in Spanish, please click here.

Monsignor Romero: A Bishop for the Third Millennium
Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
March 19, 2002

"Much has been said about Monsignor Romero as a prophet and a martyr, and the testimony of his life has, without a doubt, inspired millions of men and women of all ages, even beyond the Church’s borders. Here I wish to take up another, less publicized aspect of his life but one which has come to the fore after the recent General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, the theme of which was: “The Bishop, Servant of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World.” I would like to share with you some contours of Monsignor Romero’s rich personality, which will serve as a basis for presenting him as a model bishop for the third millennium."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.

Romero of the Americas: Seen Through Paraguayan Eyes
Margaret Hebblethwaite, Latin American Correspondent for the London Tablet
March 20, 2001

"Who, then, is this great Romero of the Americas, and why does he matter so much to me? I first heard of him the day after he was shot, in March 1980. At the time, I was studying at the Gregorian University in Rome. We came into class that morning to be told that a bishop had been shot, and that there would be prayers for him in the big Aula during the morning break. I went along with my classmates, not knowing anything about the archbishop but struck by something in the atmosphere. I don’t expect there were many there who knew much about Romero. But there was something both deeply committed and very matter-of-fact about all those people — priests and sisters from mission territories all around the world, some from quite dangerous places — singing the Salve Regina and praying together for a brother murdered in the course of his pastoral work. As I went back to class, something in me had begun to respond to Romero."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.

Monseñor Oscar Romero: Human Rights Apostle
Roberto Cuéllar M., Executive Director, Interamerican Institute of Human Rights

March 21, 2000

"We were waiting for him at the cancer clinic, where he lived during his three years as Archbishop of San Salvador, but he arrived too late to join our working lunch. We talked by telephone and, for the last time, I heard his voice. It was 3:30 in the afternoon of March 24, 1980. Monseñor Romero had asked me to meet with a high-level delegation from the National Conference of Bishops, the National Council of Churches, and the United States Catholic Conference. His final interview, focusing on the violence then over-whelming El Salvador, was with these same delegates. A few minutes after 6:30 p.m. two nuns from the clinic shouted the news of his assassination through the main door of the Jesuits’ Academy in San Salvador. I ran to the building where he had been taken. Just by lifting his left arm, I knew that he was already dead."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.

Archbishop Romero and His Commitment to the Church
Margaret Swedish, Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico
March 16, 1999

"The pastor, the bishop understood as a “good shepherd” in a real gospel sense, was sharing a word that ignited faith in the hearts of his hearers. The institutional leader embodied in his role as bishop and in the structures of the archdiocese a word that his people recognized as the authentic reflection of their own truth. The institution was put at the service of this truth. The result was a flourishing, vibrant Church, willing to follow Jesus even to death on the cross."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.

The Empowering Spirit of Archbishop Romero: A Personal Testimony
Rubén Zamora, Secretary-General, Democratic Convergence of El Salvador
March 20, 1995

"All of that changed when Romero became the bishop of Santiago de Maria and began to know the poor not simply as beggars in the street but as working people struggling to survive inhuman conditions. His diocese was flooded every year during the coffee-picking season with peasants who came from all over the country to work in the cafetales, and who, after a hard day’s labor, would have to sleep on the ground. Appalled, Romero provided them with shelter in empty seminary buildings and began to wonder how the owners of the coffee fincas — Christian families who would go to church on Sundays and partake of the Eucharist — could treat their workers in such a manner. These reflections led him to examine the structural roots of poverty."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.

Martyrs, Heroes, and the Contemporary Church: Latin America and the United States
Archbishop Luciano Mendes de Almeida, SJ, President, Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops
March 24, 1988

"Sisters and brothers, I was eyewitness to the facts of March 30, 1980 which happened at the funeral of Bishop Romero in San Salvador. Suddenly we heard and saw the explosion of a big bomb in the square in front of the Cathedral. We have been witness to the suffering and anguish of the Salvadorian people, but also to their courage and maturity. El Salvador has suffered a long agony. The assassination of Bishop Romero on March 24, 1980, shocked the world. He was a faithful witness to the Gospel and he sealed that witness with his blood. Bishop Romero’s life is a vivid reminder of the price that Christians are sometimes called upon to pay for their faith."

To read and download the whole lecture, please click here.




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