BY CHRIS KERR | March 26, 2013
Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in El Salvador on March 24, 1980. His spirit remains a witness to the Christian call for peace and justice. This video offers images of the events surrounding the 33rd anniversary of his death in San Salvador, El Salvador.
In honor of this anniversary we offer the following interview and resource. You can also view Part I of our anniversary feature.
The Project: Martyrs Prayers: An Interview with Michael Glen Bell and Duane W. H. Arnold
The Martyrs Project aims to strengthen 21st century Christian music by reconnecting current needs and concerns with ancient roots. It uses historic forms of prayer in a contemporary and inclusive expression to inspire and to teach, but most of all, to re-discover in the Martyrs’ Prayers, the mystery of God. ISN has chosen to bring attention to the project because of the emphasis on Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated in El Salvador in 1980 as a response to his vocal advocacy for the poor and marginalized.
The interview features the creators of the project Michael Glen Bell and Duane W. H. Arnold.
More information about the project can be found at: http://www.themartyrsproject.com or watch the music video of “Romero” below.
“Martyrs Project: Archbishop Oscar Romero”
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.