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About Oscar Romero


Archbishop Oscar Romero was born on August 15, 1917, and was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

After leaving school as a young man, he became a carpenter but soon decided that he wanted to become a priest.
In 1977, Oscar Romero was appointed the Archbishop of San Salvador, and became a dedicated advocate on behalf of the poor and oppressed in El Salvador.

On March 24, 1980, Oscar Romero was celebrating Mass. A car pulled up and shot through the open door of the church, killing Archbishop Romero. His legacy lives on in the efforts of those who seek justice on behalf of the poor and marginalized.


Resources for learning more:

  • Marco A. López,  Director of CTU's Oscar Romero Scholars Program. Access his article (in Spanish) for Chicago Catolico regarding the papal decree on the martyrdom of Oscar Romero. In Catholic New World, read about the life and legacy of Archbishop Romero locally in Chicago. Click here.
  • Carmen M. Nanko­ Fernández, Director of CTU's Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry. Read her article titled ¡Presente! The Prophetic Legacy of Monseñor Oscar Romero for the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. Please click here to download.
  • Barbara R. Reid, OP, Vice President and Academic Dean at CTU, reflects on Romero the Preacher. (Chapter Two excerpted from the book "Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet for the New Millenium," Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, Editor, 2006.) Reprinted with permission from the University of Scranton Press. Click here to download esssay. 
  • Please click here for a reflection on Oscar Romero.
  • For seven homilies of Oscar Romero, please visit
  • For Solo le pido a Dios, please visit  
  • For the prayer for the beatification of Archbishop Romero, visit click here.


Learn more about the Oscar Romero Scholars Program at Catholic Theological Union.