1 March 2017
To mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero this year, schools in the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are focusing attention on the life and martyrdom of the Salvadorean Archbishop.
As part of their commemorations, St John’s Catholic Academy in Bishop Auckland organised a programme of events for their Year 10 students, inspired by Romero’s words ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’.
St John's Academy invited Missio to be involved. Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. For several years, Romero was Missio's National Director in El Salvador. Romero’s links with Missio were highlighted through presentations and workshops. Students learnt about the powerful example set by Romero: to observe the world around them and consider their role within it, inspired by the Gospel, and strengthened by faith.
St John’s chaplain, Mrs Emma Ramsey, said of the day,
'We wanted to provide our students with the opportunity to reflect on the paths they take, the choices they make, and the qualities needed for themselves and others to lead a truly fulfilled life. The students gained a lot from Missio’s input. They heard about what the charity does to enable those less fortunate than ourselves to have access to the things we take for granted.'
Missio would like to thank St John’s for their welcome and support. Their missionary efforts bring to mind more inspiring words from Blessed Oscar Romero:
'Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate. Let us form in the heart of a young person the idea of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and giving oneself to others.'
For more information on Missio's work, visit their website missio.org.uk