Romero Week 2023

Published date:
21 March 2023

To mark the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of St Oscar Romero, a number of events will take place across Wales, Scotland and England.

There could be few better qualified people than Peggy Healy to speak about St Oscar and the El Salvador martyrs and how they inspire us to respond to the cry of the poor in the world of today.  Peggy has deep and broad experience of community service, of advocacy and policy work on human rights in Latin America and globally.

You can read Peggy's talk by clicking here. You can watch a recording of her talk in Liverpool at the bottom of this page.

For more than two decades, Peggy worked as a Maryknoll missionary sister in the United States and in Central America, where she was a close colleague and friend of the members of her congregation who were martyred in El Salvador. After working as a specialist paediatric nurse practitioner among poor, marginalised communities in Nicaragua throughout the repression and civil conflicts which raged across Central America, Peggy returned to health work in the South Bronx.

Peggy is speaking in Birmingham, Canterbury, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool. See below for details, and more information about Peggy.

For the annual ecumenical service in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the guest speaker is Maria Exall, the President of the TUC. Further details below.

All of the services and events are open to all. We look forward to seeing you there. Please do invite friends and anyone who would be interested in coming along.

We hope that some of the events will also be live-streamed. We will keep this page updated with information as we get it.

Responding to the Cry of the Poor Today: The inspiration of St Oscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador

Saturday, 18 March, 10.30 for 11am, Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff. CF10 2GA Speaker: Peggy Healy
Sunday, 19 March, 6pm, Evensong at St Alban's Cathedral. Preacher: Rt Rev. Nicholas Hudson (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Trustee of the Romero Trust). You can read Bishop Nicholas's sermon HERE.
Monday, 20 March, 5.30pm, Newman University, Genners Lane, Birmingham. Speaker: Peggy Healy
Tuesday, 21 March, 7.30pm (refreshments from 7pm), Leeds Trinity University, Leeds. Speaker: Peggy Healy
Wednesday, 22 March, 7pm, Renfield St Stephen's, Glasgow. Speaker: Peggy Healy
Thursday, 23 March, 7pm, Annual Romero Memorial Mass, Parish of St Oscar Romero, Liverpool (in St Edmund's Church, Waterloo), followed by talk by Peggy Healy
Mass will also be live-streamed on the parish Facebook page:
Friday, 24 March 
5.30pm Oscar Romero: The witness of relics - talk by Jan Graffius (Curator, Stonyhurst College and Trustee of the Romero Trust), Pembroke College, Oxford and online. Further information HERE.
6.30pm Mass and talk (at 7.30pm) at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 59 Burgate, Canterbury. CT1 2HJ Speaker: Peggy Healy
Saturday, 25 March, 11am at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, National ecumenical service to mark the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero. Speaker: Maria Exall. You can read the address by Maria Exall HERE.
You can watch the service again, including the address given by Maria Exall, on the St Martin-in-the-Fields Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Tuesday, 28 March, 12.30pm Mass in St George's Cathedral, Archdiocese of Southwark, London with presentation of the Romero Awards. Celebrant: Archbishop John Wilson


Peggy Healy is a graduate of Fordham University’s School of Law, amongst her many achievements Peggy has received awards for her work as a peacemaker in Central America, for her service to survivors and families of those killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and was honoured by President Clinton for her work in human rights. 

She holds an honorary doctorate in human rights and since 2009 she has served as senior Vice-President for Canada and Latin America of Covenant House International, dedicated to empowering young people to overcome homelessness, trafficking and abuse.

You can watch a recording of Peggy Healy's talk given in Liverpool below.