Monseñor Oscar Romero will be canonized by Pope Francis in Rome on October 14, 2018. In celebration and to learn from the devoted ministry Romero offered to the poor of El Salvador please join us for this film screening and discussion of Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero with Margie Pfeil, associate professional specialist, Department of Theology.
In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disappeared — all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.
Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression, Romero’s speaking impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.
With rare recordings and film footage from Romero’s own collection and a wide range of interviews from those whose lives were changed by Archbishop Romero, including church activists, human rights lawyers, former guerrilla fighters and politicians, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual’s quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government.
Originally published at conductorshare.nd.edu.