A Saint for Our Time . . . A Saint for Our Community

Celebrating the life and legacy of Archbishop Romero

On Sunday, October 14, Pope Francis will lead the ceremony for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. During his time as spiritual leader of the faithful in El Salvador in the late 1970's, Oscar Romero spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Later investigations into the murder revealed that extreme-right wing politician and death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson had given the order. Hence, Archbishop Romero is considered a true martyr for the faith and for his witness against the injustices against the poor and oppressed.

On the week of October 22, we would like to celebrate this great saint of our times. On Tuesday, October 23, we will have a viewing of the film Romero (starring Raul Julia) at Saint Anthony’s Hall at 7:30pm (popcorn provided!). On Thursday, October 25th, there will be special bi-lingual prayer service offered in the church at 8pm. On that evening, we join our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters of this community, many of whom come from El Salvador, to celebrate the life and legacy of this man and to ask for his prayerful intercession upon our community. As Bishop Barres has written in his own apostolic letter about Romero, “We take yet another opportunity to connect the Canonization, in a spirit of pastoral charity, promotion of human rights and global justice, to a call for comprehensive immigration reform for our nation that is built on the principles of the dignity of the human person, social justice, the sanctity of human life and the family, and a Good Samaritan love for the poor.”
May this blessed saint intercede for our community of Saint Brigid's.