Today is the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Today we celebrate the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero who was born 100 years ago. He was archbishop of El Salvador and a guiding light to the poor communities until his murder in 1980.

In Portsmouth diocese there is a Walking Pilgrimage on 9th September to celebrate his life so please join us if possible.

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

If you are unable to join the walk here is the liturgy that will be used so that you can join in prayer.

Come to our Harvest Fast Day briefings in September

Edelmira and her family.

Edelmira and her family.

Please come along to one of our Harvest fast day briefings to find out about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador which is quite fitting considering that it has been 100 years since  Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth.

We have three briefings which are:-

7 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 7.30pm to 9pm at English Martyrs’ Church Hall, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2EB.

9 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 10am to 12pm at St Joseph’s Centre, Immaculate Conception & St Joseph’s, 67 Purewell, Christchurch BH23 1EH.

23 September – Harvest Fast Day Briefing 2.15pm to 4.15pm St Stephen’s Church Hall, Oliver’s Battery Road, North Winchester S022 4JB.

We will hear about Edelmira and her husband Martir who live in Chachagua and the difficulties they face trying to farm their land, and the help they have received from Solidarity CVX one of CAFOD’s partners.

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Edelmira and her fruit trees

Book your place with us here via mailto:portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385.

Journey to Justice CAFOD retreat on Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

CAFOD are holding retreats around the country on the theme of Journey to Justice. Listening to the poor, reflection on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth. At this CAFOD retreat you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.

The nearest retreats to Portsmouth diocese are on Saturday 11 November from 10am to 4pm at Milleret House, Convent of the Assumption, 20 Kensington Square, London W8 5HH shared lunch or Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 4pm St Cuthman’s  Retreat Centre, Cowfold road, Shipley West Sussex RH13 8QL. Lunch provided but donations welcomed.  Book your place here.