Oscar Romero

By: Addison Cline and Logan Koester

His life biography

Oscar was born on August 15, 1917 in Ciudad Barrios in San Salvador. Growing up under Santos Romero, his father who maintained a local telegram office and acted as a postman for the region, and his five brothers and sisters, Zaida, Romulo, Mamerto, Arnoldo, Gasper, and he’s only younger to his older brother Gustavo. When he was 10 or 11 he went to grade school that was very poor, then at 14 he went to junior seminary. He went to the seminary because a recent mass encouraged him to be a priest. When his mother fell ill he left the school to raise money for the medicine to treat and cure his mother. When his mother felt better he left for Rome to become an ordained priest. While Oscar was in Rome, WW2 had been taken into effect, his father and brother, who went with him, died during the time. Oscar became and ordained priest in 1942, then traveled back in 1944 to be a priest because there was a shortage of them in that time. When he came back he found the country poor, so he prepared himself to speak for the poor against the government.

He was the Archbishop of San Salvador. Father Romero provided hope for the poor. Oscar Romero would work with the poor and help them by being close and helping them solve their own problems. He worked hard to earn justice and liberty the more unfortunate people. As seen by his death he was faced with threats from others that opposed his ideas. The things he did were so very important. He gave hope to all people of El Salvator and said that all people should be equal and treated rightly. He even spoke out against the president. No person had ever done this before so it was a giant risk to take. He was a brave man and would stand up for justice. When others were to scared to stand up for their rights he gave them a voice. As you have heard from the statements above he is a great man who is a role model for others. You must think he is a well worshiped saint right? Well you thought wrong. It’s hard to believe, but Oscar Romero isn’t a saint. His canonization as a saint is still yet to be determined. I hope one day that he will be a well worshiped saint due to his many great accomplishments.

Oscar Romero is not canonized and was assassinated. Oscar even though was very poor growing up, he was one of the richer families among his neighbors, and they did not have running water or electricity. He stood up for the people even when his life was threatened greatly. Oscar accomplished to speak out against the oppressing government and spoke on behalf of the poor and the repressed. Oscar spoke out against the government that oppressed the people of San Salvador, which was on the brink of civil war; shortly after his death San Salvador did emerge into civil war leaving 75,000 people dead, and the United Nations Truth Commission calling it Genocidal. But even though the country plummeted into civil war the poor recognized him as a hero and a saint. It gave the poor courage and strength, and it affected the people of San Salvador the same way. Romero was a great man that many people looked up to. His death was a tremendous loss to many. But, many people still think of this man each day. Some Salvadorian people even speak out to the topic. Some say that everywhere you go you will always hear his homily or his teachings. Although he has died his legacy lives on. He may be dead, but the lessons he left on our earth will never be forgotten. The most impressive thing Oscar Romero ever did was stop all violence and just simply try to make to world and its people better. He spoke out against war, poverty, nuclear weapons and the destruction of the environment, and an nonviolence. We all need to model Romero and strive to do all of those things.

Oscar Romero


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