Michael LeeFordham University
The Life and Legacy of Saint Óscar Romero
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Join us for a luncheon talk on the recently canonized Óscar Romero. Since his death in 1980, the world is still absorbing the witness of Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador, martyred for his commitment to the poor and social justice. Prof. Lee will consider how Romero’s witness challenges Christians in the U.S. to reimagine a robust Christian spirituality that is at once a mystical encounter with God and a prophetic engagement in the struggle for justice. He will also reflect on the implications of the archbishop’s recognition as a martyr and on the model of holiness he offers for the wider Church today.
Prof. Lee also participated in a panel discussion of his book later that afternoon at the University of Chicago.
Michael E. Lee is Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Born in Miami of Puerto Rican parents, he holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A., M.A., and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría and Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Óscar Romero.His commentary has appeared in a wide variety of venues including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and El Faro Académico (El Salvador). He has also appeared on networks including CNN, Al-Jazeera America, ABC-NY, National Public Radio, and Radio France International.