Year of Oscar Romero

In 2017 we will participate with the diocese in celebrating the centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth.

Archbishop Romero was one of one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century, who deserves to be remembered alongside the likes of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa as a peacemaker who sacrificed his life standing up to injustice. The world today desperately needs more figures like Romero – leaders with the courage, faith and love to stand up for the poor against injustice.

Romero is, in particular, an inspirational figure to hundreds of millions of Catholics around the world. He didn’t simply talk about the need to love your neighbour, but courageously named the injustices that plagued his country. He reminded us that Christ is found in people living in poverty, and that we cannot ignore the suffering of our brothers and sisters in need.
We can all celebrate Romero’s legacy by following his example: by challenging injustice wherever we see it and by refusing to stay silent about the issues that keep people in poverty.

 

Monthly Focus

Throughout the year there will be a monthly focus linked to the life and sayings of Blessed Oscar Romero. Each month a different year group will be presenting an assembly on each theme:

 

Month Focus


January - Introduction
February -  Light
March - Poverty
April - Cross
May - Church
June - Pray and Share
July - Aspire not to have more
September -  Peace
October - It is not God's will for some to have everything
November - Remembrance
December - Joy

A Guiding Light

Lord Jesus,

We give thanks for the life of
Blessed Oscar Romero
who spread your message
and struggled against injustice in El Salvador.
Like you,
he was a shepherd, a pastor, a brother;
Like you, he was taken from us;
Like you, he remains in our hearts.
Spirit of hope, work within us,
just as you worked
in Blessed Oscar Romero,
so that we too may work for justice
and spread the Good News,
by living out the Gospel,
in solidarity with those living in poverty.

Amen.