The Romero Centenary 1917 - 2017

- commemorating the life, martyrdom and spirit of Blessed Oscar Romero

“We know that every effort to better society, especially when injustice and sin are so ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.” 
Words of Blessed Oscar Romero moments before he was martyred on 24 March, 1980.

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The Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) is pleased to present our inaugural event for the Romero Centenary 1917 - 2017 – An Evening with Blessed Oscar Romero, highlighting Archbishop Romero’s ideas, work, spirit and prayers for a gospel centred social justice.

The evening on August 20 will begin with Taize-style/Ecumenical Worship Service at 5.00 pm followed by a panel discussion at 6.30 pm on the theme “...a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, .... a gospel that doesn’t touch the real sin of society, ... what gospel is that?”

2017 is a landmark year for the revival of the spirit and legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero where Christians around the world honour his work, his work on social justice issues, fired by a love for the Gospel of Christ as well as the Church’s preferential option for the poor. AOHD hopes this event will spur our brothers and sisters to rediscover how they can actively be part of the gospel’s call to mission to realise the Kingdom of God. 

Whenever we find the challenges too daunting we find the spirit and example of Blessed Oscar Romero helping us. We seek to be constantly renewed and energised by Christ’s gospel in the apostolate we have been engaging with various people and groups in the Archdiocese’s Human Development service—charity, integral human development, justice and peace. 

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Romero Logo The stylised paintbrush Logo for The Romero Centenary 1917-2017 combines several ideas, events and even words from Oscar Romero.

Depicting the three crosses of the graves of a priest, and old man and a little boy, who were killed by the death squads, their deaths were to move and spur Oscar Romero to see the injustices that the poor and landless were experiencing. The cross on the extreme right is that of the child, its brush strokes being incomplete, signifying the unfinished life.

The arms of the crosses also reminds one of the outstretched hands of persons, in solidarity with each other. 

It additionally expresses some of Romero's thoughts and words in (a collection of his works), The Violence of Love. "The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood ... ."