Mass, lecture to commemorate death of Archbishop Romero

by Michael O. Garvey

The 1980 assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be commemorated at the University of Notre Dame on March 23 (Tuesday) with a Mass and a lecture on his legacy.p. Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with Notre Dame’s Latino student choir, Coro Primavera, providing sacred music.p. Otto Maduro, professor of world Christianity at Drew University, will give a lecture on “Remembering Romero After September 11” at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Maduro’s lecture is one of the Oscar Romero series, sponsored annually by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies , Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC).p. Maduro, who holds a doctoral degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, has been a visiting professor at Notre Dame and many other universities worldwide. Former chair of the doctoral program in religion and society in Drew’s graduate school, he cochairs its Hispanic Institute of Theology. He has edited several books and is the author of “Religion and Social Conflicts.” At present he is conducting research on Latin Pentecostal congregations in Newark, N.J.p. Archbishop Romero of San Salvador 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 this country.

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