Archbishop Oscar Romero

Fr Francisco "Pacho" de Roux SJ
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ is the guest speaker invited by the Archbishop Romero Trust for the commemorations of Blessed Oscar Romero's martyrdom in Romero Week this year.Fr Francisco (known to all as 'Pacho' de Roux) began his tour at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre last night, where he spoke eloquently of his work as a peace-maker.  He paid moving tribute to many colleagues who have given their lives to stand up against violence and to empower local people caught in conflict.  His host...
The Violence of Peacemaking - Archbishop Romero and the Search for PeaceSpeaker :Fr Francisco de Roux SJIn association with SCIAF & the Romero TrustIn risking everything to be a voice for the poor and oppressed, Romero inspired people to be champions of social justice in Latin America and around the world.6.15pm Mass in the Church7.00pm Tea and Coffee7.30pm TalkAdmission by donation, booking not requiredContact:    0131 477 5788 
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ
A leading Jesuit peace activist from Colombia will be the guest speaker for the 2016 commemorations of Blessed Oscar Romero's martyrdom. Fr Francisco de Roux SJ has been a leading voice in the efforts to seek a negotiated settlement to Colombia's decades-long armed conflict. He will be the guest of the Archbishop Romero Trust at events in London, Leeds and Manchester, and will be speaking at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh on 15 March.After being ordained priest in 1975, Fr de Roux...
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB with fellow Salesians
On Thursday, 1 October, over 200 people gathered in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark for the Annual Archbishop Romero Lecture from Salesian cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras.Organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust, the lecture seeks to keep alive the inspiration of the martyred archbishop of San Salvador who was beatified by a Vatican envoy before huge crowds in El Salvador this May.Cardinal Maradiaga proclaimed, “with Pope Francis, the time of Romero has come!”The Cardinal is...
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor in procession
Last Saturday, 15 August 2015, was the 98th anniversary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth. Hundreds of people from across Britain gathered in St George’s Cathedral in Southwark for the National Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the life, martyrdom and beatification of the Archbishop of San Salvador who, on 24 March 1980, was shot dead at the altar while saying Mass in the chapel of the hospital where he lived. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor who was joined by...
Young man raises fist along with many people in a square in El Salvador
The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating.On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered (see below), and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of...
Jan Graffius, the Stonyhurst College Curator, has been invited to attend the Beatification Ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which takes place in El  Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, on Saturday 23 May. The invitation is in recognition of the work she has carried out over the last eight years preserving the relics of Monseñor Romero, in addition to those of the six Jesuit Martyrs and their companions, murdered by Death Squad troops in 1989.In addition to attending...
Final preparations are underway in El Salvador for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Among the British representatives who will be at the ceremony of Saturday will be Julian Filochowski, the Chair of the Oscar Romero Trust, and the curator of Stonyhurst College, Jan Graffius. The Jesuit parish of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) in London will be celebrating the occasion at the weekend, when it receives a relic of the newly beatified Archbishop. Part of the vestments...
Blessed Oscar Romero
On Monday 24 March 1980 at 6.26pm, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot dead at the altar with a single marksman’s bullet in the middle of a Mass he was celebrating in the chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived.The next day an urgent telegram was received from London: “Supreme sacrifice of Archbishop Romero is climax of his peaceful struggle for poor and oppressed.  Will inspire all to continue his Christian witness.  Grieve with Church of El Salvador on loss of incomparable pastor....