El Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, now recognized as a saint by the Catholic church, was a beloved priest and advocate against social and economic injustice. He was gunned down in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
On Friday, March 23, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania will honor Romero with a mass at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The service will also include a blessing by Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez for those who, like Romero, have marched, demonstrated and spoken out injustice in the world.
“Romero is my patron saint,” said Gutiérrez. “The violence that took his life still exists today. But, there is always hope in the young people that are fighting for peace and we want to pray for all of them as well.”