St Ignatius Parish remembers Bl Romero with RISE Theatre

Romero. Photo Credit: RISE Theatre

Last week Pope Francis signed a decree to confirm the canonization of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Pope Francis met with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, to approve as a miracle the healing of Cecilia Maribel Flores, who prayed for the intercession of Bl Oscar Romero while suffering life-threatening complications during a difficult pregnancy.

The pope also confirmed that Pope Paul VI and three others are to be declared saints.

There is some speculation now as to the canonization date.  A possible time would be alongside Pope Paul VI, at a Mass in St Peter’s Square in October 2018, during the Synod of Bishops on Young People. But now it seems possible that the canonization might take place in Panama City in January 2019, during the visit of Pope Francis for World Youth Day.

St Ignatius parish in Stamford Hill, London, is celebrating the imminent canonization by presenting Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador, on Tuesday 20th March. This is a highly-acclaimed drama about the life and martyrdom of Bl Oscar. The production is by RISE Theatre, a professional Christian theatre company with a passion for delivering exciting, original transformative drama. The story on stage will be accompanied by original soundtrack from James Joshua Otto and graffiti set design by Gage Graphics. The play is now at the end of its national tour, started on the 28th February, which also visited the Jesuit parish of St Wilfrid's in Preston.

Fr David Stewart SJ of the Stamford Hill parish team said “it is particularly timely, given last week’s great news that Bl Oscar will be canonised, with Pope Paul VIth.  We Jesuits hold hopes too for the beatification of his martyred Jesuit friend and colleague, Fr Rutilio Grande SJ.”

Archbishop Romero was shot dead on March 24, 1980 as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel in El Salvador. His murder at the height of the country’s civil war shocked the world. No one has ever been brought to justice for the crime. His friend Fr Rutilio Grande SJ had been murdered three years before, along with two companions, having angered the ruling classes with his championship of the poor. Today is the 41st anniversary of his death. The Jesuit priest was a friend and inspiring figure for Oscar Romero, who said: ‘When I looked at Rutilio lying there dead I thought, “If they have killed him for doing what he did, then I too have to walk the same path.”’

Pope Francis beatified Oscar Romero in May 2017.


To book for the play, see our event page here.