This year the special Mass to celebrate the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will take place on Sunday 17th March 2013 at St Michael’s Parish, Ditton Road, Widnes WA8 8TF. The speaker is Fr Joe Bibby a former LAMP Priest. There will be light refreshments available.

If you can’t make the Mass on the 17th March why not come along to Our Lady’s, Mayfield Avenue, Widnes WA8 8PR for a talk by Mrs Jan Grafius Curator of relics at Stoneyhurst College on Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm. Jan has visited El Salvador three times to work on the conservation of the relics of Archbishop Romero and the murdered Jesuits. On her first visit to San Salvador in 2007, Jan began the delicate task of examining the vestments worn by the 20th century martyr when he was assassinated while celebrating Mass. She spent many hours working in the three small rooms at the Cancer Hospital of the Carmelite Sisters where Archbishop Romero lived in great simplicity. Close by is the chapel where he was murdered on 24 March 1980.
On her return to Stonyhurst, Jan described what she had found and the personal impact the experience had had upon her. “His rooms contain many personal possessions, such as clothing, books, official and unofficial papers, photographs and most importantly, the vestments and clothes he was wearing when he was shot. These hang separately from the other possessions and are in need of proper supports to help preserve the thin cotton fabric which is soaked in dried blood. Handling and examining these vestments was an emotional experience and a great responsibility. I made condition reports and took photographs of everything”.

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