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Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Artists Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith created the sculputure of our College patron Blessed Oscar Romero.  The sculpture portrays Romero, ‘walking his faith’ on his journey with the poor of El Salvador. The Sculpture is positioned with Romero walking from the church to engage with the world; just as Romero himself walked with the poor as he became a voice for the voiceless, defending the people of El Salvador. In the life he lived, blessed Oscar Romero spoke very clearly to our college vision; ‘a Community of transformation In the spirit of the risen Christ’. With great courage, he Embraced the journey of the Cross by standing up for justice, knowing that the cost was likely To be his own life. He said, “I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.” Romero was Assassinated while saying Mass on 24 march 1980 This month marks the One-hundredth anniversary of Romero’s birth.


It was a privilege to work with sculptors Charlie and Joan, who from the beginning were so passionate about the Romero story and who invested so much in working with us to ensure that we captured the essence of the courage, compassion and deep faith  of this amazing man.


Mandy Connors Principal
Holy Cross College


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Brochure 1 - Blessed Oscar Romero Prayer

Brochure 2 - Dedication Service Info




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