Oscar Romero

A Man for Our Times

Julio O. Torres

Jan/2021, 208 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653498



Winner of a Silver Medal - 2022 Illumination Book Awards

A unique perspective on one of the greatest religious figures of recent history.

An in-depth portrait of Oscar Romero, the Fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, based on research of his diaries and sermons and on interviews with most of his surviving relatives, friends, and co-workers. This biography provides a unique insider/outsider perspective on both Romero and the plight and struggle of Central American immigrants and other migrant and impoverished populations.

Torres takes readers into Romero’s early life, his seminary formation, and his active ministry, including conflicts with the ruling elites and hierarchy that led to his ultimate martyrdom. The book concludes with his canonization and the pursuit of justice against his murderers.

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JULIO O. TORRES is a Salvadoran Episcopal priest who lived and worked in El Salvador with Archbishop Oscar Romero during the turbulent years leading to the country’s bloody civil war. He ministered to Salvadoran refugees in Nicaragua during the 1980s. He lives in El Salvador.

“Those who know and value the life and witness of Oscar Romero will find this psychobiography informative and insightful, and perhaps somewhat challenging, as Torres offers a unique perspective on the personality of Romero and his transformation from ‘pious conservative priest’ to the archbishop of the people.”
—Bishop Thomas C. Ely, Tenth Bishop of Vermont and former Cristosal Board Member

“Torres permits all who follow Jesus into the margins to see themselves in the life of death of Bishop Oscar Romero and to know they are not alone.”
—Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, interim rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, and contributing editor of Preaching Black Lives (Matter)

“In these pages you will encounter Monseñor Romero in his very human vulnerabilities. Because of these vulnerabilities, not in spite of them, Romero's faith still has the capacity to transform the church’s witness for the sake of the poor.”
—Mike Angell, author of How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice?


Chapter 1: Ways of Seeing Romero
Chapter 2: Childhood and Youth
Chapter 3: Ministry and Martyrdom
Chapter 4: A Life’s Conclusion
Chapter 5: Finding Resonance


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  • Biography
  • Latin America
  • saints
  • martyrs
  • social justice
  • El Salvador
  • Church and Society
  • Identity Struggles
  • Personal Transformation
  • Martyrdom
  • Celibacy and Sex

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