2010 Romero Commemoration

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

A special 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the life and death of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador is being held at 7 pm on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at St. Andrew’s United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam Street, corner of Wesley, Nanaimo. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Remi de Roo, DD, Bishop Emeritus of the Victoria Catholic Diocese, who knew Romero personally. There will also be an update by Tania Aguila who recently returned from a visit to El Salvador. Free-Run Organic Homegrown Fruit-of-the-People Music will be provided by The Rabbleberries. Charlie Fox of Ladysmith will sing his song to Romero.

Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while saying mass 30 years ago on March 24, 1980. Romero was murdered because he spoke out and acted in solidarity with the people of El Salvador who were experiencing a long period of economic and military violence supported by the United States. In commemorating Archbishop Romero, those present will also remember the thousands of other Salvadorans who faced imprisonment, torture, and death in a struggle for rights that we take for granted in Canada.

This event is being sponsored by KAIROS Nanaimo and KAIROS Parksville-Qualicum, Musica Rebelde  (CHLY 101.7 fm), the Nanaimo Salvadoran Committee, Bethlehem Retreat Centre, CORPUS-Canada (Vancouver Island), the Society of Friends (Quakers) Mid-Island, Hope Lutheran Church, and St. Andrew’s United Church. After the commemoration, refreshments will be served in the church hall. Donations will be accepted to cover minimal costs of this event with the balance going to assist the Nanaimo “7-10 Club” and a project in El Salvador. Everyone is invited to attend and share in this important event. For further information contact Phil Little 250-245-7245 or Eva Manly 250-758-0966.