Service for +Romero, Social Justice Ministries at XU May 20
Xavier University, the Society of St. Vincent dePaul/Cincinnati, and several offices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will co-sponsor a service Wednesday celebrating the life of the martyred bishop from El Salvador who will be beatified this weekend.
The service will commemorate the life and service of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be beatified May 23rd. It will also mark the second year in a row that members of more than 35 parish social action groups gather to update each other on their work and call for action on numerous issues.
Tony Stieritz, director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office of Catholic Social Action, says that the Archdiocesan Advocates for Justice Parish Collaborative met at the Reading (OH) headquarters of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the event last year. Because the date was close to the date of the anniversary of the assassination of Dayton’s Sr. Dorothy Stang, SDnM, the organizers paid tribute to her as well.
“Given that this year’s event was scheduled to take place so near the beatification of Archbishop Romero, the planning committee felt that it would be important to recognize this moment in the life of the Church and the example of this now-recognized martyr of the faith,” Stieritz says. With only two hours available, he says, a short prayer service rather than a Mass will begin the event, “followed by testimonies from those who even knew Archbishop Romero, then followed by reports from various Archdiocesan offices, St. Vincent de Paul, and others.”
“In the Spirit of Romero,” is scheduled for 7 – 9 pm Wednesday at XU’s Bellarmine Chapel. In addition to SVDP and the Social Action Office, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Offices Family and Respect Life (FARLO) and Mission will be represented, as well as ministries from parishes all over the Archdiocese.
“The Christian witness of this Servant of God [Archbishop Romero] will be the center of an evening of prayer and celebration to lift up the living Gospel,” says the official announcement. “Participants will pray for our work for the poor and hungry, the unborn, those on death row, returning citizens, immigrants, the environment, and more.”
St. Leo the Great Church’s band, Ministerio Creación, will play. All are welcome.
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