Public events at Saint Ben's
Salvadoran mural exhibition
Saturday, March 1, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
On Saturday March 1, 2014, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, St. Benedict’s Los Osos will host murals commemorating Archbishop Oscar Romero and celebrating the Salvadoran people. The five large color murals by artist Joel Bergner are touring California, and will be on loan at St. Benedict’s. This exhibit is sponsored by St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and Foundation Cristosal.
About Archbishop Oscar Romero
Oscar Romero was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador from 1977-1980, during a time of terrible government repression, which sparked the country’s 12-year civil war. Through his sermons and his work with his “crucified people” Romero became the “voice of the voiceless” in El Salvador.
On March 24, 1980 Romero was shot to death while celebrating the Eucharist at Chapel of the Divine Providence in San Salvador. The previous day, he had preached a sermon calling on soldiers to disobey orders that violated human rights. Aware of threats on his life, Romero said, “A bishop will die, but the Church of God which is the people will never perish.” After his assassination, the Roman Catholic Church declared him “a servant of God,” and he is honored as a martyr by many Christian denominations worldwide. The Feast Day of Oscar A. Romero is celebrated in Anglican and Episcopal churches on March 24.
Romero’s death was a turning point in the violence and oppression of the military, triggering an open civil war fought between the U.S.-backed, military led-government and a coalition of guerilla groups. Between Romero’s death in 1980 and the signing of the Peace Accords in 1992, an unknown number of people disappeared and more than 75,000 people were killed.
About Joel Bergner’s Murals
The artist behind the Romero mural series is internationally acclaimed muralist Joel Bergner, who uses art as a tool for social action around the world. Joel’s murals and canvases feature his trademark eclectic mix of vibrant colors and intense imagery, exploring social topics and presenting the stories of those who are marginalized by society. His work features a combination of acrylic and spray paint, stencil art and mosaics, which are layered in a way that allows his many artistic influences to blend seamlessly.
Joel’s Oscar Romero murals tell the story of suffering and exodus that occurred during the bloody Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s and the inspirational return of the Salvadoran population to reconstruct their communities and their lives.
About Foundation Cristosal
Foundation Cristosal is a faith-based organization with Anglican roots, dedicated to citizen engagement, human rights and community development in El Salvador. http://cristosal.org/
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