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Join us for a weekend of learning about, honoring, and praying with the heart of St. Oscar Romero.

Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a servant of peace, served three short years as Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador in Central America. As a shepherd to the people, he was an outspoken advocate against violence and systemic injustice and for the rights of the most oppressed. The people grieved deeply when he was assassinated on March 24, 1980. Romero’s teachings and beliefs in nonviolence are a beacon for good, and a sign of hope and peace for all humanity. His presence and example have influenced political, social, and faith thought leaders around the world.

Today, many are walking in the footsteps of South America’s most influential justice advocate, preacher of the Roman Catholic Church, and prophet of Catholic Social Teaching. One man whose heart was moved by Romero’s passion and courage to speak truth to power is Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguliar, OCD, of  Chalatenango El Salvador. We welcome his presence for a special weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites and made his solemn profession in December 1995. He continued his advanced studies in philosophy and theology at leading halls of academia in South America, Spain, and Rome. He served in formation and parish leadership roles throughout Latin America and in 2016 Pope Francis appointed Fray Escobar as the new Bishop of Chalatenango.

Dominican Center at Marywood, Catholic Information Center, and the Cathedral of St. Andrew are proud to come together to offer our friends in West Michigan an opportunity to learn about, honor, and pray with the heart of St. Oscar Romero. We hope and pray that you walk away from this weekend reflecting on how Saint Oscar Romero’s walk with Jesus Christ and his legacy will  inspire and challenge you and others to lives of justice, peace and nonviolence.

Join us on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00-11:30 am at Dominican Center as Bishop Oswaldo reflects on the life of Saint Oscar Romero. The cost of this morning program is $15.00 Please register.

On Sunday, March 17, beginning at noon, Bishop Oswaldo will lead Spanish Mass at Cathedral of St. Andrew, followed by a reception and reflection. The Cathedral is located at 215 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids Michigan 49503.

Presentations will be in Spanish with interpretation in English. FD: Spirituality.

For more information, contact:
Margarita Solis Deal, Director of Dominican Center, (616) 514.3360
Irene Storm, Director of Programming, Catholic Information Center, 616-459-7267 ext 1801
John Graveline, Cathedral of St. Andrew

Let us not tire of preaching love.  Saint Oscar Romero