The 25th anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be commemorated at the University of Notre Dame from March 15 to 17 (Tuesday-Thursday) with a conference entitledArchbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet: A Bishop for the New Millennium.
The conference, sponsored by Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC) in Notre Dames Kellogg Institute for International Studies, will include two Salvadoran churchmen who knew Archbishop Romero well, Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, and Monsignor Ricardo Urioste, vicar general for the archdiocese of San Salvador.
Monsignor Urioste will speak onRomero: A Martyr for the Magisteriumat 8 p.m. March 15 and Bishop Chávez will speak onArchbishop Romero: A Bishop for the New Millenniumat 8 p.m. March 16.Both lectures will be given in the McKenna Hall auditorium and are free and open to the public.
Archbishop Romero was assassinated by a right-wing death squad while presiding at Mass on March 24, 1980. His outspoken advocacy of human rights, his denunciations of U.S. military aid to El Salvador, and his insistence that the Church be inseparable from the poor all made him a figure of some controversy before and after his death.
Archbishop Romero has been officially recommended for canonization by the Catholic Church in El Salvador, and he is already widely venerated as a martyr throughout Latin America and in the United States.