Ciudad Barrios, Romero’s birthplace

Tony Sheen describes his visit to the birthplace of Archbishop Oscar Romero:

Monday, 18 November

This morning we travelled into the mountains by coach to Ciudad Barrios, where Oscar Alphonso Romero was born on 15th August 1917. Ciudad Barrios is a farming community up in the hills. Romero‘s father was the telegraph officer for the area.  Unfortunately Romero’s father was very fond of alcohol, so Romero had many half brothers and sisters. He was very close to his mother however, and from an early age decided he wanted to be a priest. He went to seminary at the age of 13 in San Miguel. He was transferred to Rome where he was ordained in 1942 at the age of 24. He was moved back to El Salvador to serve as a priest before the end of the war.

Tony Sheen and other members of the Romero Pilgrimage with Oscar Romero's brother, Gaspar (fourth from left)

Tony Sheen and other members of the Romero Pilgrimage with Oscar Romero’s brother, Gaspar (fourth from left)

We were welcomed by the Romero Trust Committee to their building at the site of his birth. The Mayor then arrived and honoured us all with the freedom of the town of Ciudad Barrios.

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Read more from Tony’s pilgrimage to El Salvador: https://cafodwestminster.wordpress.com/tag/tonypilgrimage/.

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