Pilgrims to visit holy sites of Romero and Jesuit martyrs

The chapel at the Hospital Divina Providencia where Archbishop Romero resided and where he was assassinated
The chapel at the Hospital Divina Providencia where Archbishop Romero resided and where he was assassinated

The Centro Loyola in San Salvador, run by the Jesuit Province of Central American, will host the third pilgrimage to El Salvador organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust later this year. The pilgrimage in November coincides with the Centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth which is being celebrated throughout 2017. It will take place from 13 to 25 November 2017 and bookings are now open.

The pilgrimage will include a morning at the Carmelite Hospital where Archbishop Romero lived, and Mass in the Chapel there where he was assassinated in 1980. Pilgrims will also be able to visit the Cathedral where he preached his famous homilies and where he is buried in the crypt.

"We shall go to the place where four US religious women were raped and killed in that same year and we shall spend time at the University where the six Jesuits and their housekeepers were gunned down in November 1989," explains Julian Filochowski from the Romero Trust who will be one of those accompanying the pilgrims. "We shall travel outside the capital city to Ciudad Barrios, Romero's birthplace, to Aguilares, the site of Fr Rutilio Grande's murder, and to El Mozote where one of the worst massacres of the civil war took place. Additionally, we shall make an excursion to the lakeside town of Suchitoto."

Museum visits and lunch by the Pacific Ocean are also included in the schedule. There will be a visit too to one of the poorer troubled areas of the capital city in the company of one of the religious team working there. Talks, special Masses and prayer services are included in the programme.

Rebuilding society and country

Pilgrims will depart from London on Monday 13 November and return into London Heathrow on Saturday morning 25 November. In addition to Mr Filochowski, they will be accompanied by Clare Dixon from CAFOD and Bishop John Rawsthorne, former Bishop of Hallam, together with Anthony Coles, the experienced Travel and Pilgrimage Organiser who is coordinating bookings.The Centro Loyola. Credit: Juan José Rodriguez

"Over eleven days, the pilgrimage will give the opportunity to visit the ‘holy places’ associated with Blessed Oscar Romero and the martyrs of El Salvador," says Mr Filochowski, "and to meet with people who lived through the troubled times and are now working to rebuild their society and country. We are booked to stay in the Centro Loyola in San Salvador run by the Central American Jesuit Province. The centre provides guest accommodation in simple furnished en-suite single and twin-bedded rooms."

The cost of the pilgrimage will be £1699 per person inclusive of flights to and from London, accommodation, meals and the full programme in El Salvador – although it might be necessary to adjust the cost if the dollar-sterling exchange rate fluctuates. For further information and to make a booking or to reserve a place on the pilgrimage please contact: Anthony Coles, 18 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX. Tel: 020 7431 3414 or email: arctc@btinternet.com