This year marks the 99th anniversary of Archbishop Romero, and what better way to celebrate than with a commemorative mass?
On the 13th of August at 12.30pm, we invite you to celebrate Romero and the many faces of Mercy, with a birthday mass. The mass will celebrate the life and martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero in the Jubilee Year of Mercy of his anniversary.
Who was Archbishop Oscar Romero?
‘Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador. He was assassinated on Monday March 24th 1980 as he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital where he lived. Thirty five years later, he was declared a martyr of the Church, killed out of hatred of the faith, and was beatified on May 23rd 2015′ (The Archbishop Romero Trust). Find out more about the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Archbishop Oscar Romero became the voice to the voiceless poor in a community with escalating violence. In a society of cover-up and lies, he spoke the truth of what was happening in the countryside; he denounced the killings, the torture and the disappearances of community leaders; he demanded justice and recompense. The result of his actions was multiple death threats. ‘At 6.26pm on March 24th 1980, with a single marksman’s bullet, he fell at the foot of a huge crucifix.’ (The Archbishop Romero Trust)
Archbishop Oscar Romero was a friend of CAFOD and has been a great inspiration to our work. Find out more about his legacy.
This mass will not only celebrate the life of Blessed Oscar Romero, it will mark the beginning of celebrations which will continue through into 2017.
The mass will be held at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London SE1 7HY. With refreshments being served in Amigo Hall after the mass along with a rarely-seen insightful subtitled film ‘El Vielo Abierto’ or ‘The Open Sky’, a Mexican film about Romero’s life.
All are welcome.