It’s 2012. That means that in five years, we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Arnulfo Romero—the Romero Centennial (or Centenary, as it were). Super Martyrio is asking all the Blog readers to think about what you would like to see the Romero Centennial celebrations to look like at an international scale, and to tell us what you will be doing to celebrate 100 years since Archbishop Romero’s birth on August 15, 2017, and throughout the centennial year.
To kick-start the conversation, here are some things that the Church, and institutions like Fundación Mons. Romero in El Salvador, the Archbishop Romero Trust in the UK, or some new Centennial Commission could consider organizing in 2017:
- Rename the Salvadoran airport “Aeropuerto Internacional Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero.”
- Create a “ROMERO VIVE” sign on the San Salvador volcano (illustration).
- A Pontifical Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
- A tribute song by U2.
- 100 balloons from participating churches/parishes.
These are some ideas that came to mind, but this is a project that numerous minds should contribute to, not just once, but over the next five years. This blog’s readers are requested to contribute their ideas in the comments section below, or by email, or any other way that you feel appropriate. Recent “centennials” for U.S. president Ronald Reagan, folk singer Woody Guthrie and even bluegrass musician Bill Monroe demonstrate that such celebrations provide opportunities to raise awareness and the profile of the subjects of the celebrations as well as demonstrate their existing cultural significance.