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February 13, 2012

New Documentary and Study Guide on Óscar Romero

Coming in March, Ave Maria Press will be distributing a new, highly acclaimed 88-minute documentary, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero, covering the time of Romero's installation as Archbishop of San Salvador in February, 1977 to his martyrdom on March 24, 1980. In 1997 Romero's cause for beatification and canonization was opened and Pope John Paul II bestowed the title Servant of God on him. The documentary, produced by the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, will be delivered as a DVD and sell for $27.95.

In addition, Ave Maria Press will offer a free 38-page Study Guide to accompany the film. The Study Guide facilitates a one-week mini-unit devoted to the study of Óscar Romero through viewing of the Romero film, student research, and discussion. The five-day plan involves an introduction to the life of Archbishop Romero (Monday), viewing the film and discussing its key topics (Tuesday-Thursday), and a synopsis of the material through the sharing of student reports and projects (Friday).

Oscar Romero Study Guide The Study Guide is delivered in an electronic format, designed in full color, and is suitable for printing. Student handouts with writing space to jot responses to particular questions are included. Several links to other print and film resources offering background and enrichment to the issue are also included.

This one-week mini-unit is a perfect way to incorporate a strand of social justice in virtually any course in your theology curriculum. A Study Guide listing of glossary terms and references to the Ave Maria Press textbook Catholic Social Teaching: Learning and Living Justice are provided.

Also, all high school theology teachers are invited to a special screening of the documentary at the annual Romero Days sponsored by the Kellogg Institute and held at Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 27 beginning with two workshops at 4:15 pm. This event is free with a registration. Please contact Mike Amodei at to reserve a place!

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