Symposium highlights Archbishop Romero

ROCHESTER — Peace of Christ Parish is sponsoring a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980.

The events will be part of the second-annual Art Connors Symposium, according to information from Peace of Christ parishioner Joyce McAndrew. The symposium was created last year through a donation in honor of Connors, a longtime parishioner who demonstrated the values of peace, love, forgiveness and healing in his daily life.

This year’s symposium seeks to educate the parish community — which includes sites at St. James in Irondequoit and St. Ambrose and St. John the Evangelist in Rochester — about Archbishop Romero’s life and the courage he displayed by speaking out against the El Salvador government’s human-rights abuses and oppression of its people.

The symposium will include:

  • A presentation and discussion of the film "Romero" on Oct. 29 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 553 Humboldt St., at 7 p.m.

    Free popcorn, pizza and drinks. Recommended audience: teenager-adult.

  • A discussion by Damian Zynda, director of faith formation at Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford and author of Archbishop Oscar Romero, A Disciple Who Revealed The Glory Of God, which will be released at the end of October. Zynda will talk about his life as a contemporary disciple Nov. 4 and 18 at St. John the Evangelist Church.

  • A performance of "Certain Women" by Women of the Well at St. Ambrose Church, 25 Empire Blvd., at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

    For more information about the series, call 585-288-5000.

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