Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award


The Human Rights Committee at the University of Dayton established the Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award in 2000. The award commemorates the ministry and martyrdom of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop and honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the promotion of the inherent dignity of all persons and the alleviation of the suffering of the human family, consistent with the spirit of Christian humanism that animates the University of Dayton. The award itself, a bronze statue of Monsignor Romero, is an original piece sculpted by Emily Trick ('00) and Brother Gary Marcinowski, S.M., of the University of Dayton's Department of Visual Arts.

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About Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero


Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980) was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s, the time of El Salvador’s brutal civil war. Romero succeeded Luis Chávez in 1977, becoming the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador.

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