Books on Romero

There are two detailed authoritative biographies of Archbishop Romero in English and two highly readable, but shorter, accounts of his life. Additionally there are two formidable collections of memories and reflections. For books containing Romero's own words, please click here

BIOGRAPHIES

  • Romero – A Life by James Brockman SJ.
    ISBN 978-1-57075-599-6
    This is an excellent well-researched and well-documented biography of Oscar Romero written soon after his death and intended to be the official biography.  First published in 1982 (as Oscar Romero – Bishop and Martyr) it was revised in 1989 & 2005. It is published by Orbis Books in the US and available in the UK from Alban Books.
     
  • Oscar Romero – Prophet of Hope by Roberto Morozzo della Rocca.
    ISBN 978-0-232-53201-2
    This second acclaimed biography appeared in English only in 2015. It was written by the Italian lay historian who helped draw up the ‘Positio’ - the official document setting out the case for Romero’s beatification.  Drawing on much the same documentation that Brockman accessed 35 years before, it makes a number of different judgments on the ecclesial context in which Archbishop Romero ministered.  It is published in the US by Pauline Books and in the UK by DLT.
  • Oscar Romero and the Communion of Saints by Scott Wright.
ISBN 978-1-62698-185-0
This is a highly readable text from Scott Wright telling Romero’s story passionately and accurately. It is richly illustrated with over 100 photographs from Octavio Duran. First published in 2010 it was updated in the wake of Romero’s beatification.  It is published as part of the Orbis Books collection in the US and available in the UK from Alban Books.
 
  • Oscar Romero – Love Must Win Out by Kevin Clarke.
    ISBN 978-0-8146-3757-9
    This too is a superb introduction to the life of Blessed Oscar Romero.  Beautifully-written by a senior editor at ‘America ‘magazine . It was published in 2014 as part of the Liturgical Press seriesPeople of God – Remarkable Lives, Heroes of Faith.   
     
  • Monseñor Romero – Memories in Mosaic by Maria Lopez Vigil.
    ISBN 978-1-62698-010-5
    This classic collection of testimonies, anecdotes and memories gathered together from peasants, friends, theologians, and pastoral colleagues gives us a most moving portrait and extraordinary insights into Oscar Romero - not simply the hero and martyr but the human being, with his doubts and frailties, who found the courage to listen to others and allowed himself to be changed to be able to take up his pivotal role in the history of El Salvador and the Latin American Church.  This volume is un-put-down-able!  It too is now published by Orbis Books in the US and is available in the UK from Alban Books.
     
  • Archbishop Romero – Memories and Reflections by Jon Sobrino
    ISBN 978-1-62698-176-8
    First published in 1990 and since updated, this series of essays by Jesuit theologian, Jon Sobrino, is described as a personal memoir. But it constitutes a profound theological analysis and reflection on Archbishop Romero as believer, as archbishop, as Salvadoran, as prophet, as martyr and as inspiration for theology. Despite declarations to the contrary, Sobrino was close to Archbishop Romero and saw him from a unique vantage point which is immensely valuable as we continually seek to understand and contextualise Romero’s pastoral praxis. Yet another volume from Orbis Books in the US and available in the UK from Alban Books.

There is also available in the UK a pamphlet from the Catholic Truth Society entitled Oscar Romero- Martyr for Faith by Fr Ashley Beck on sale at £2.50. ISBN 978-1-78469-059-5

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