Romero Days 2017 - Conference: "Christian Discipleship: The Witness of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero"

March 24-28, 2017

University of Notre Dame
Location: Hesburgh Center, C103 (unless otherwise stated)

Friday, March 24

5:15 pm

Anniversary Mass – Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Celebrant and Homilist, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila
Music by El Coro Primavera

Monday, March 27

9:00 am 

Opening Remarks
Peter Casarella, Director, Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC)

9:15 am

Session 1: Romero as a Pastoral Doctor of the Universal Church
Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, University of Notre Dame

9:30 am

The Spirituality of Óscar Arnulfo Romero
David Perrin, OMI, St. Jerome’s University

10:15 am

Panel Discussion

The Pastoral Dimension of Romero
Rev. John Thiede, SJ, Marquette University

The Transforming Effects of Persecution in the Life of Blessed Óscar Romero
Damian Zynda, McQuaid Jesuit High School

11:00 am


11:30 am

Session 2: The Transfiguration of El Salvador: Romero’s Source for a Pedagogy of Life
Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Duke Divinity School

12:30 pm 


2:00 pm

Session 3: Óscar Romero, Discipleship, and the False Middle
Michael E. Lee, Fordham University

3:00 pm 

Book Presentation (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

Romero and Grande: Companions on the Journey
Sr. Ana María Pineda, RSM, Santa Clara University

4:00 pm 


4:30 pm 

Session 4: The Christian Discipleship of Óscar Romero Towards His Death (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)
Roberto Morrozzo della Rocca, Università degli Studi, Roma Tre, Italy

7:00 pm

Kellogg Institute Dinner Celebrating Father Robert Pelton, CSC (By invitation)

Tuesday, March 28
Location: Hesburgh Center, C103 (unless otherwise stated)

7:00 am

Mass – Dillon Hall, Chapel
Celebrant and Homilist, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa

9:00 am 

Session 1: Lived Faith and Witness of Sr. Carla Piette, Maryknoll Missionary in Chile and El Salvador
Jackie Maggiore, Mary Knoll Affiliates, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

10:00 am

Session 2: Archbishop Romero and the New Evangelization in Latin America
David Lantigua, University of Notre Dame

11:00 am


11:30 am

Session 3: Romero on the Witness of the Martyrs
Todd Walatka, University of Notre Dame

1:00 pm


2:00 pm 

Work Meeting – Discussion regarding book project

3:00 pm

Book Presentations (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

Pope Francis: Gift and Challenge to Latinos
Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Building Bridges, Not Walls in a Time of Division
John Francis Burke, Trinity University

5:00 pm

Reception (Hesburgh Center, Great Hall)

5:30 pm

Closing Plenary – Hesburgh Center, Auditorium
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa

Romero Days: The Catholic Martyrs of the War in El Salvador

Friday, April 1, 2016

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

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

Martha Owen, OSU
Rose Elizabeth Terrell, OSU
Roberta Goebel, OSU
Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU

5:00-6:30 pm: "The Witness and Legacy of Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero"
Todd Walatka, Notre Dame

Margaret Pfeil, Notre Dame
José Inocencio Alas, Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica
Fr. Robert Pelton, CSC, Notre Dame, Emeritus

Concluding remarks:
J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame (Theology)

Dinner to follow

LANACC Book Launch to Celebrate New Volume on Archbishop Romero

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A new book examining the life and work of recently beatified Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador will be launched with a panel discussion and reception on Thursday, September 17 at 4 pm in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium. Hosted by Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), the event is free and open to the public.

Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World (Lexington Books, 2015), edited by LANACC founder and director emeritus Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, offers a fresh look at the remarkable pastoral leader long known as “San Romero de America,” who promised just weeks before he was assassinated in 1980 that he would rise again in the Salvadoran people.

Panelists at the book launch will include Pelton and four other theologians who contributed to the volume: Rev. Michael Connors, CSC, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, and Margaret Pfeil of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, and Thomas Kelly of Creighton University. 

“With this book launch, LANACC is renewing its commitment to the multifaceted and richly meaningful witness of Robert Pelton, CSC,” says LANACC Interim Director Peter Casarella. “Moreover, we are sharing the fruits of one of the 27 consecutive ‘Romero Days’ that have marked LANACC’s 30-year legacy.”

The collection of essays on Romero originated in an international conference organized by Pelton and held in 2014 at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he, Gutiérrez, and Casarella are faculty fellows.

Casarella, also a Notre Dame theologian, is excited about taking the reins at LANACC.  

“The mission of LANACC remains promoting what Pope Francis calls the ‘culture of encounter’ and what John Paul II named Ecclesia in America,” he says. “LANACC serves the Church and the academy by promoting the bilateral exchange of ideas, practices, and gifts between North America and Latin America.

“We are committed to exploring new paths for dialogue and the promotion of lay leadership, ecclesial communion, and social justice.”


For more on the book, click here.

International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero

September 25 - 27, 2014

Conference Schedule

All events take place in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium (overflow, C103 Hesburgh) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 25

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration - Great Hall, Hesburgh Center

9:00 am

Mass in Spanish (optional) -- Alumni Chapel Hall
Presiding: TBD

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, Director, Latin American/North American Church Concerns

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote Address I: “Pope Francis and the Preferential Option for the Poor”
Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Introduction by: 
Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Q & A

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Commentary: “Archbishop Romero and the Preferential Option for the Poor”
Rev. Carlos Sánchez, Pastor, First Baptist Church, San Salvador

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dinner Reception (registered participants only)

Friday, September 26, 2014

9:00 am

Mass in English (optional) -- Alumni Chapel Hall
Presiding: Rev. Matthew Kuczora, CSC

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration - Great Hall, Hesburgh Center

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Distinguished Lecture - “Monseñor Romero Remembered in Perquín, El Salvador”
Claudia Bernardi, Professor of Community Arts, California College of the Arts

Introduction by: 
Rev. Patrick Gaffney, CSC, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch (registered participants only)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Special Sessions

Session 1: “Romero as a Person and His Charisma with the Pontiffs”

Julian Filochowski, Chair, Archbishop Romero Trust, United Kingdom

James Creagan, Professor of International Studies, University of the Incarnate Word

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, University of Notre Dame

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Session 2: “The Legal Aid and Human Rights Heritage of Óscar Romero”

Roberto Cuéllar, Regional Director for Central America, Human Rights Education Institute, Organization of Ibero-American States

Introduction by:
Christine Cervenak, Associate Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame

Tom Quigley, Former Foreign Policy Advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Free Time

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Keynote Address 2: “The Spirituality of Monseñor Romero”
Monsignor Ricardo Urioste, President, Fundación Monseñor Romero

Introduction by:
Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, Director, Latin American/North American Church Concerns, University of Notre Dame

Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF, Former President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Tribute to Rev. Edward L. Cleary, OP
Location: Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, 1045 W. Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601

Hosted by
Gilberto Cárdenas, Executive Director, Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00 am - 2:15 pm

Panel Sessions— Conversion of Romero
Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

9:00 am

Rachel Tomas Morgan, Director of International Service Learning, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Panel 1: Psychological Conversion

Damian Zynda, Faculty, Christian Spirituality Program, Creighton University

Rev. David Perrin, OMI, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, St. Jerome's University
Mauro Pando, Former Director of the Counseling Ministry, Franciscan Renewal Center

Rachel Tomas Morgan, Director of International Service Learning, Center for Social Concerns

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Panel 2: Social Teaching Conversion

Margaret Pfeil, Associate Professional Specialist in Theology, University of Notre Dame

Rev. Michael Connors, CSC, Associate Professional Specialist in Theology, University of Notre Dame

Rachel Tomas Morgan, Director of International Service Learning, Center for Social Concerns

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hesburgh Center Courtyard

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel 3: Theological/Pastoral Conversion

Thomas M. Kelly, Professor of Systematic Theology, Creighton University

Sr. Ana María Pineda, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Victor Maqque, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Notre Dame

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Keynote Address 3: “Monseñor Romero: Martyr of Solidarity”
Michael E. Lee, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Introduction by: 
Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Orbis Books

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Tribute to Rev. Dean Brackley, SJ

Gene Palumbo, Journalist and Teacher

Guadalupe Montalvo, Casa de la Solidaridad, El Salvador

5:00 pm

Misa Salvadoreña 
Hesburgh Center Lawn

Most Rev. Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces

Rev. John Keefe, CSC

With: The Church of Loretto Choir
Directed by Barbara Ziliak, Former Liturgy Director, Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross

Closing Celebration and Picnic (promptly after Mass)

Hesburgh Center Lawn

Romero Days - 2013: Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero

Wednesday – Saturday, March 20 – 23

Wednesday, March 20

Romero Days Film Screening, "Monsenor"

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
President 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

Wednesday, 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 bookEl 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

Romero Days 2009 - 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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."


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