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Introduction To Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

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Oscar A. Romero is one of the greatest symbols of Christian love and solidarity. As Archbishop of El Salvador, Father Romero was a source of strength and hope for the poor and the oppressed of his country. He worked with and for them, taking their struggles as his own. Father Romero wrote and spoke passionately about the need for Christians to work for justice, and he frequently faced threats and danger from those opposed to his ideas.

On March 24, 1980, while celebrating the Eucharist, Archbishop Romero was shot and killed at the altar by a death squad assassin. He paid the highest price for the commitment about which he spoke so often and so eloquently. Because of his courageous stand for justice, he became a martyr not only for poor Salvadorans but for all people struggling to overcome oppression and poverty. Today, his sermons are read as powerful reminders of Christians' obligation to fight for a just society. The example of Romero's courageous life and death continue to inspire those who struggle for human dignity and justice.

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This year's Oscar A. Romero Award Recipient is Ms. Jessica Franco

Ms. Franco  is pursuing an Economics and Theology double major in addition to an International Studies minor.  Jessica states that several classes here at BC have “rocked [her] world!”  She is currently taking part in the Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s Human Rights and Migration Project.  Being part of this important project has changed her life.  Through it Jessica has been able to help immigrants and their families by providing workshops such as “Know Your Rights.” These families have become her home away from home.  At BC, she is also involved with the ‘Learning to Serve’ program – a mentoring program for freshmen that helps them adjust to BC life in particular as it relates to distinct characteristics by race and ethnic background.  Jessica has been able to introduce the issues of social justice faced by the greater Boston community and within BC through her active participation in this very worthy program.  She takes pride in serving others and considers herself a “woman for others,” the ideals espoused by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron Saint of Boston College.

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The Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship Committee Congratulates our 21st Scholarship Recipient—Jessica Vallejo


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