On 23 May 2015, some thirty-five years after his assassination, Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador, was beatified, the final step on the road to sainthood. Romero, a fearless champion of civil rights and a vociferous campaigner for social justice, was murdered by a gunman while officiating Mass in a hospital chapel.
In Blessed Óscar Romero, Phil Brennan provides readers with a timely and impassioned introduction to the life and legacy of this brave and charismatic figure, who openly condemned the bloody reign of a corrupt military regime and became a beacon of hope for an oppressed people.
Dr Phil Brennan is from Gorey, Co. Wexford, and combines
his work as consultant in Small Christian Communities with
his role as musical director of The Island of Ireland Peace
Choir. In September 2015, Phil will open the Romero School
of Peace and Social Justice in The Edmund Rice Centre,
Waterford, in honour of Blessed Romero. This reflection
on the life of Blessed Romero is taken from his book In
the Hands of the People: A New Vision of Church (Waterford:
Primavera Publications, 2014).