A Mass in remembrance of Blessed Óscar Romero will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Bishop Edward J. Burns will preside as the main celebrant. A Salvadoran themed reception will follow the Mass in the Cathedral Gran Salon.
Blessed Romero, the former Archbishop of San Salvador in the Central American country of El Salvador, was assassinated at the altar as he celebrated Mass in 1980. The then-archbishop had been outspoken in his criticism of the corrupt Salvadoran government at the time and his support of the poor. The Mass will be celebrated on what would have been his 100th birthday. Blessed Romero was beatified in 2015 and while no date for his canonization has been set, those promoting his cause for sainthood say they hope the announcement if not the actual canonization might occur during this centenary year.
Bishop Burns invites all pastors to commemorate the life of Blessed Romero in their parishes and encourages the use of these resources that include reflections, a prayer service, and prayer intentions in English and Spanish.
BLESSED ÓSCAR ROMERO served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador, from 1977 until he was martyred for his faith in 1980. During that time, political violence, disappearances and human rights violations were widespread.
Many priests and nuns spoke out on behalf of the victims, and many were murdered because of this. Blessed Óscar Romero´s friend and fellow priest, Father Rutilio Grande, was killed in 1977 just as Blessed Óscar Romero began serving as archbishop. After Father Grande´s murder, Blessed Óscar Romero spoke out even more strongly on behalf of the suffering and marginalized.
Blessed Óscar Romero heard the stories of the poor, and his voice against the violence grew louder and louder. People in villages across the nation tuned in to Blessed Óscar Romero’s radio homilies, finding strength and comfort in his words. Each week he would denounce the violence and urge people to live out Christ’s Gospel message of peace and love. He used his position of prominence to become what many called the voice of the voiceless.
Blessed Óscar Romero was shot and killed while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. He was formally declared a martyr by Pope Francis in February 2015 and beatified in May 2015.