“[Óscar Romero] constructed peace with the force of love, and gave testimony of his faith in his life.”
– Pope Francis
A voice for the voiceless and a champion of human rights, Blessed Óscar Romero (1917–1980) is beloved around the world. In 6 lectures, you are invited to explore his life and legacy.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador was an exemplar of faith in action. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Lee, you will explore Romero’s fascinating life: his humble beginnings, his courageous years as archbishop of a war-torn country, and his tragic assassination while celebrating the Eucharist. Through it all, Romero offered powerful theological reflections on Christ, spirituality, and the meaning of Christian life today.
You will begin with Romero’s background, particularly his traditional theological training in Rome. You will then discover how that training was challenged by the changes in El Salvador and the Church, prompting Romero to undergo a profound transformation. You will explore how themes like conversion, martyrdom, and the political dimension of faith all reach a new depth of meaning in light of Romero’s example.
Romero is an example not only to people of faith, but also to those who are concerned about the ongoing struggles in our world today. He is a model for our times who will challenge and enrich all people to find ways to contribute to the betterment of our world.
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Dr. Michael E. Lee, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University, where he also teaches in the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute. He is an expert on liberation theologies, Christology, and the thought of Ignacio Ellacuría. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied with Gustavo Gutiérrez, the founder of liberation theology. Dr. Lee is the author of the award-winning Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Crossroad, 2009), and the editor and translator of Ignacio Ellacuría: Essays on History, Liberation, and Salvation (Orbis Books, 2013). He has also published numerous articles and essays on U.S. Latino theology and on Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. He has served on the governing board of the Catholic Theological Society of America and as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.
Praise for Michael Lee
"The keen, mature analysis of Michael Lee . . . expounds a complex system of thought with great clarity."
- From Rome to San Salvador: Óscar Romero’s Shifting Terrain
- Óscar Romero’s Conversion
- The Church, Body of Christ in the World
- The Political Dimension of Faith
- Óscar Romero and Martyrdom Today
- Óscar Romero’s Legacy