Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

At 7 pm on Sunday, March 20 , 2011, people will have an opportunity to reflect on the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero at St. Andrew’s United Church, 315 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo. The featured speaker will be Remi De Roo, Bishop Emeritus of Victoria Diocese, who knew Archbishop Romero personally.

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated as he celebrated mass on March 24, 1980. Romero paid with his life for his outspoken advocacy for human rights, his fearless defense of the poor, and his opposition to war and militarism. As we celebrate his spirit 31 years later, we not only remember a great and loving human being, we also ask, “What are some of the issues Archbishop Romero would be involved with if he were still with us?”

Among the many issues of peace and justice facing our world today, this commemoration will focus on mining which is a major issue for the people of Central and South America. Since many of the mining companies involved have their headquarters in Canada, this is also an important issue for Canadians. In addition the event will look briefly at mining ventures in British Columbia, such as the proposed Raven Coal project in the Comox Valley.

Joan Wallace and Barry Hall from Nanaimo and Charlie Fox from Ladysmith will provide special music. Following the event, refreshments will be served in the hall. Admission is free but there will be a jar for contributions at the reception to be split between Nanaimo’s 7-10 Club and Rights Action, a non-governmental organization which works for justice in Central America. For more information, call Phil Little at 250-245-7245 or Jim Manly 250-758-0966.