Oscar A. Romero

 

Oscar Arnulfo Romero, born in Ciudad Barrios, on August 15th 1917, studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained priest in 1942. He served the diocese of San Miguel for 25 years. In 1967 he moved to San Salvador as Secretary General of the National Bishops’ Conference.

With little pastoral involvement he lived in the Jesuit-run seminary and became speechwriter to the Nuncio. In 1970, appointed Auxiliary Bishop, he expressed frequent criticism of the social involvement of the clergy that had come in the wake of the Medellin Conference of the Continent’s Bishops. In 1974 he was named to the rural diocese of Santiago de Maria and found himself once more caught up in the rural people’s struggle for survival.

In 1977 he was the surprise choice as San Salvador’s new archbishop. Over three years he became the voice of the voiceless poor, speaking the truth about the violations of human rights and the exploitation of the poor. His weekly sermons were legendary and gave hope to the communities suffering terrible repression. He saw six of his priests and dozens of lay leaders assassinated by the security forces before he himself was gunned down at the altar as he celebrated a requiem mass on Monday March 24th 1980.

He is venerated in Latin America and throughout the world as a Vatican II Bishop who made a fundamental option for the poor and gave his life for his people. He is already "Servant of God" Romero - the first step on the ladder to Sainthood. The cause for his Beatification was accepted in Rome in 1997. Ten years later Pope Benedict XVI stated “that Romero himself merits beatification, I do not doubt." In that light the official recognition of Archbishop Romero’s sanctity will surely be forthcoming.

 

"Archbishop Romero is one of the fathers of the Latin American church. As was the case with the Greek and Latin fathers of antiquity and with Cardinal John Henry Newman more recently, it is important to preserve their words. Only by doing so will their spirits remain alive in many places and endure in the swift currents of time."

Jon Sobrino SJ

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume 6 - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume 6 - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This final volume of the series contains the 19 homilies that Archbishop Romero delivered between December 9, 1979, and March 24, 1980, the day on which he was murdered while...

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume I - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume I - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This volume is the first in an ambitious initiative by the Romero Trust and Convivium Press to provide English translations of a series of books about the martyred Archbishop Oscar...

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume II - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume II - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This volume is the second in an ambitious initiative by the Romero Trust and Convivium Press to provide English translations of a series of books about the martyred Archbishop Oscar...

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume III - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume III - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This volume is the third in an ambitious initiative by the Romero Trust and Convivium Press to provide English translations of a series of books about the martyred Archbishop Oscar...

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume IV - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume IV - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This fourth volume recounts a tale of mounting turmoil in El Salvador as the security forces and rightist paramilitary bands wrought havoc in the countryside and in the major cities....

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Save $ 10.00 A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume V - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People: Volume V - The Complete Homilies of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

This fifth volume gathers together Romero’s homilies during five grimly dramatic months in El Salvador, beginning with the archbishop’s mourning for another of his priests who was gunned down by...

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