Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero
on the 30th Anniversary of His Assassination

As the Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's brutal civil war, Oscar Romero became known as the "bishop of the poor" for his advocacy for social justice and work in defense of the Salvadoran people. He spoke out against government repression, poverty, and hunger at great personal risk. After calling for international intervention to protect those being killed by government forces, Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980.

On March 24, 2010, ceremonies in San Salvador will be held commemorating the 30th anniversary of Archbishop Romero's martyrdom. Please join us in remembering this great leader and praying that the example of his life will inspire and strengthen us to fight injustice wherever it occurs.

In the spirit of Archbishop Romero, RENEW International continues its mission in El Salvador to combat poverty and violence by working with young people in gangs and youth at risk. Read more about RENEW El Salvador.

The Prayer of Oscar Romero
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
    The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
    it is even beyond our vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
    of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
    Nothing we do is complete,
    which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
      No statement says all that could be said.
      No prayer fully expresses our faith.
      No confession brings perfection.
      No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
      No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
      No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
    This is what we are about.
      We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
      We water seeds already planted,
      knowing that they hold future promise.
      We lay foundations that will need further development.
      We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
    We cannot do everything,
    and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
    This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
    It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
    a step along the way,
    an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
    We may never see the end results,
    but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
    We are workers, not master builders;
    ministers, not messiahs.
    We are prophets of a future not our own.