Romero Center Ministries was founded on March 24, 1998, on the eighteenth anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Our mission is to seek personal, communal, and societal transformation by living ministry as proclaimed in Christ’s Gospel. We understand that a commitment to end poverty and discrimination in our world is part of our Catholic faith.

The Romero Lecture is held around the anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero and is also our anniversary. The Lecture provides an opportunity to raise awareness and to approach current realities from the perspective of our Catholic faith, and to support Romero Center Ministries.

The event has included keynotes by: Msgr. Bob McDermott (Founder of RCM), John P. Hogan, Ph.D., Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Sr. Helen Prejean, Diana Hayes, Ph.D., Rev. Daniel Groody, Anthony Campolo, Ph.D., Rev. Bryan Massingale, Carolyn Forché, Ph.D, Stephen Schneck, Ph.D, Jack Jezreel. Dr. Marianne Cusimano-Love, Dr. Maureen O’Connell, Fr. Willian Byron, S.J., and Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D, S.T.D.

The annual Romero Lectures are collected in two small volumes called “Romero’s Legacy: The Call to Peace and Justice.”

The 2018 Romero Lecture, marking the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Romero Center Ministries will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, featuring Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Fr. Martin is a Jesuit Priest, author, and editor-at-large at America Magazine. He is a frequent commentator for CNN, NPR, Fox News, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, and The New York Times. In 2017, Fr. Martin was appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. His books include: My Life with the Saints, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Jesus: A Pilgrimage.