23rd March 2017: Invitation to’ The Secret of Romero’ talk in Sheffield

You are warmly invited to:

A talk  “The Secret of Romero: Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor” by Sister Martha Zechmeister C.J. on a UK tour sponsored by the Archbishop Romero Trust. St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Sheffield on Thursday 23 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm.

Evening prayer of the Church at 6.45pm


Sister Martha Zechmeister C.J.


Sister Martha Zechmeister C. J. was born in 1956 in Austria; studied theology in Vienna; Professor of Fundamental Theology at University of Passau 1999-2008. Since 2008 Professor of Systematic Theology at the UCA (Central American University) in San Salvador and since 2012 director of the Master’s programme there. Responsible for ‘Dean Brackley House’ a residence for scholarship students from extremely poor areas. Main interests: Political Theology, Latin American liberation theology, Ignatian spirituality.


We know that every effort to better society, especially when injustice and sin are ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.” Archbishop Oscar Romero, moments before he was martyred on 24th March 1980

This talk is promoted by the Hallam Justice and Peace Commission and CAFOD.

For more information please contact Helen Dolan, Chair of the Hallam Justice and Peace Commission helen.donlan@btinternet.com


Oscar Romero: a man of God

CAFOD blog

By Monsignor Ricardo Urioste, Archbishop Romero’s Vicar General and close friend

Monsignor Urioste in the church where Romero was murdered Monsignor Urioste in the church where Romero was murdered

One of my first memories of Archbishop Oscar Romero was when I accompanied him to Rome in 1977. I can never sleep on a plane, so when we arrived at around eight o’clock in the morning, I was thinking about sleeping for a while. Then somebody knocked at my door. I opened, and it was Bishop Romero. He said, “Do you want to go for a stroll?” I said, “Yes, we should. Let’s go!”

And so we went directly to St Peter’s Basilica. He entered the basilica, went to the altar of the confession and he knelt down. I knelt down with him. After something like five minutes, I stood up. I saw him in such deep prayer that I said to myself: “I have to follow this man because…

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