The University of Notre Dame’s annual commemoration of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s life and work, Romero Days, will be held March 23 and 24 (Monday and Tuesday), featuring two distinguished speakers, as well as a student panel and Mass. All events are free and open to the public.
- A student panel titled “I Shall Arise in the Salvadoran People” will kick off Romero Days at 7 p.m. March 23 in Room 103 of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The panel will feature Cinnamon Sarver, a Notre Dame graduate student in theology who is studying the reality of Romero in El Salvador. A reception with Salvadoran “pupusas” on the menu will follow.
- A Mass in honor of women of service in Latin America will be held at 11 a.m. March 24 in the Church of the Loretto at Saint Mary’s College. Rev. Stephen Judd, M.M., will celebrate Mass and deliver the homily.
- Father Judd will present a talk titled “Aparecida and the Latin American Church’s Road Map to Intercultural Dialogue” at 12:30 p.m. March 24 in Room 103 of the Hesburgh Center. Assigned for many years to Latin America, Father Judd is a specialist on “inculturation” — the process of bringing multiple cultures into the Church.
- Journalist Eugene Palumbo will give the 22nd annual Romero Lecture, titled “Now I Understand,” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Eck Visitors’ Center auditorium at Notre Dame. Palumbo has covered the Catholic Church in El Salvador since he moved there in 1984. A reception will follow the event.
Romero Days is organized annually by Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), which seeks to interpret Latin American Catholicism to U.S. Catholics and others through films, publications and public events. Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C., a faculty fellow of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, serves as LANACC director.
The events are cosponsored by LANACC, the Kellogg Institute and Notre Dame’s Latin American Studies Program, Center for Social Concerns and Shaheen Fund.