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About Oscar Romero


Oscar Romero Scholars Program

Archbishop Oscar Romero was born on August 15, 1917, and was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

After leaving school as a young man, he became a carpenter but soon decided that he wanted to become a priest.
In 1977, Oscar Romero was appointed the Archbishop of San Salvador, and became a dedicated advocate on behalf of the poor and oppressed in El Salvador.

On March 24, 1980, Oscar Romero was celebrating Mass. A car pulled up and shot through the open door of the church, killing Archbishop Romero. His legacy lives on in the efforts of those who seek justice on behalf of the poor and marginalized.