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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.

To learn about CTU's Oscar Romero Scholars Program, click here.


  • Marco A. López,  Director of CTU's Oscar Romero Scholars Program, has written an article for Chicago Catolico regarding the papal decree on the martyrdom of Oscar Romero. Click here for article.
  • Carmen M. Nanko­ Fernández, Director of CTU's Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, has written an article titled ¡Presente! The Prophetic Legacy of Monseñor Oscar Romero for the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. Please click here to download article.
  • Please click here for a reflection on Oscar Romero.
  • For seven homilies of Oscar Romero, please visit
  • For Solo le pido a Dios, please visit  
  • For the prayer for the beatification of Archbishop Romero, visit click here.