Romero & Religion & Justice

Serving the Kids at COAR: A Letter of Introduction From the Congregation: Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza

Three years ago, a missionary community from Spain contacted Archbishop Escobar to ask if they could be of service to children in El Salvador.  The Archbishop welcomed them and suggested that they contact COAR Children’s Village.  Since then, COAR has been home to four wonderful Catholic nuns who tutor our children, organize religious formation, lead …

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Blessed Romero’s Relics Visit COAR’s Chapel & Zaragoza

The Relics of Blessed Romero are traveling across El Salvador and visiting parishes and cathedrals throughout the country. As they pass through La Libertad, COAR Children’s Village was honored to welcome the procession to the COAR Chapel (June 2017). The relics continued through Zaragoza, in a procession in which the entire 900+ students in the …

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COAR Kids Volunteer at Cancer Hospital: Divina Providencia

On Sunday, April 2nd, a group of COAR teenagers visited the Divina Providencia Cancer Hospital to visit with the patients and learn the value of volunteering and serving others in need. The hospital was opened in 1969 by the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of Santa Teresa who wanted to give poor Salvadorans a place to stay …

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1st time ever: COAR WINNER: Scholarship to the Jesuit University (UCA)

COAR had a simple beginning.  War was raging in the countryside and displaced families, women and children were fleeing to the outskirts of San Salvador for safety.  A Cleveland priest working in the parish of Zaragoza in El Salvador noticed the growth in child war refugees and decided to do something about it.  Through the …

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Posadas: A great Latin American Christmas tradition

Are your childhood Christmas memories some of your fondest memories?  As adults, do you remember those traditions with such an air of nostalgia?  Well, COAR Children’s Village is keeping one 400 year old Latin American tradition alive:  The Christmas Posadas.     The term Posada is one of many Spanish words for “inn” and it …

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Romero’s Message Needed to Solve Gang Violence in El Salvador

In May of 2015, there were more than 600 murders in El Salvador – a country with a population of approximately 6 million.  The Salvadoran Civil War ended almost 20 years ago, but, the wonderful people of El Salvador have not seen the ‘peace’ promised by the Peace Accords! To be honest, the old left-right …

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COAR Students Celebrate the Life and Martyrdom of Oscar Romero

On May 22nd, 2015, COAR’s 900+ students celebrated the life and sacrifice of Oscar Romero.  The following day, in San Salvador, 250,000 stood in the baking hot sun – happily – awaiting the message from Pope Francis that Oscar Romero was finally Beato Romero!  Back at COAR, there was a lovely Holy Mass. Friday was …

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Oscar Romero “Smiles Down upon El Salvador” during his Beatification

May 23rd, 2015, over 250,000 Salvadorans flooded the streets surrounding the Divino Salvador del Mundo monument in the capital city to celebrate the beatification of slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. The Archdiocese had constructed a temporary stage in front of the monument. Throngs of people lined the streets emanating outward like roots of hope from …

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