Oscar Romero

Fr William Pearsall SJ blesses the new shrine
As Catholic communities in Rome, South America and around the world celebrated the canonisation of St Oscar Romero, martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, on Sunday, the Jesuits at the Sacred Heart parish in Edinburgh made their own special contribution to the commemoration and adoration of this “Saint for the Poor”.A new shrine with the parish church, dedicated to the saint, was opened and blessed by parish priest Fr William Pearsall SJ at a beautiful service with music provided by the Sacred...
'The Great Amen' by Peter Bridgman
On 14 October, Pope Francis will declare Archbishop Oscar Romero a saint, along with Pope Paul VI and several other beati. Martin Maier SJ, who has a longstanding connection with El Salvador, traces Romero’s personal transformation up to the moment of his martyr’s death in the middle of a sermon. It has been a beatification and canonisation process dogged with obstacles and delays. In El Salvador, the vast majority of the population began venerating Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint a...
‘The Great Amen’ by Peter Bridgman. Photo credit: Peter Bridgman
In anticipation of his canonisation on Sunday 14th October in St Peter's in Rome, the parish of St Ignatius, Stamford Hill is holding a novena of intercession to Blessed Oscar Romero, with prayers and brief reflections at every mass.The novena opened with a mass on Friday 5th October, celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, and continues until Saturday 13th October with a mass to be celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan.At the opening mass, Bishop Sherrington reflected on the life and witness of...
Yesterday the Edinburgh Jesuit community hosted an important book launch in association with SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) and the Archbishop Romero Trust. The book is a compilation of Archbishop Romero's Homilies subtitled A Theological and Pastoral Analysis by Fr Thomas Greenan.The event was attended by Fr Greenan, his family, the Archbishop Romero Trust’s Chair, Julian Filochowski, and over a hundred members of the public from a wide range of backgrounds.This first English...
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...
Oscar Romero street art
            Julian Filochowski, Chair of The Romero Trust, reminds us why there will be so many celebrations this year to mark the centenary of the birth of a modern martyr on 15 August.  This article first appered in Jesuits and Friends magazine issue 97.This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the...
The Claim
Directors: Gianni Beretta and Patrik SoergelScreenings on Saturday 12 August 2017 in London and Wednesday 16 August 2017 in Glasgow (see end of review for details) What does it take to change a conservative into a revolutionary? Archbishop Oscar Romero, born 100 years ago this year, was appointed largely because it was expected that he wouldn’t be one to rock the boat, to cause trouble for the rich benefactors of the Church in Central America. As a consequence, many of his fellow priests,...