Colombian Jesuit to speak on Romero the Peacemaker

Fr Francisco de Roux SJ
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ

A leading Jesuit peace activist from Colombia will be the guest speaker for the 2016 commemorations of Blessed Oscar Romero's martyrdom. Fr Francisco de Roux SJ has been a leading voice in the efforts to seek a negotiated settlement to Colombia's decades-long armed conflict. He will be the guest of the Archbishop Romero Trust at events in London, Leeds and Manchester, and will be speaking at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh on 15 March.

After being ordained priest in 1975, Fr de Roux earned a PhD in economics from the Sorbonne University, Paris, and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 1986, he took over as Director of the Programme for Peace of the Society of Jesus and was appointed Director of the Center for Research and Popular Education (CINEP), a post he held from 1987 to 1993. He has been a consultant to many international organisations on issues of Solidarity, Economics, Development and Justice and Peace and has received numerous awards recognising his contribution to human rights and peace-building. These include the French Légion d’Honneur, Colombia's National Peace Prize and the Chirac Foundation's 2012 prize for Peace and Conflict Prevention.

The Violence of Peacemaking

Fr de Roux has written several books in different languages, in collaboration with others on issues of public ethics, social conflict and economic development. In 1992, CINEP published his book The Price of Peace. He was appointed Provincial of the Jesuits in Colombia in 2008.

At the ecumenical service to mark the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Fr de Roux will speak on: The Violence of Peacemaking – Archbishop Romero and the Search for Peace. This will take place on Saturday, 19 March at 11am, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Prior to this, he will be is speaking in Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester.

  • Edinburgh: Tuesday, 15 March at 7.30pm, Lauriston Jesuit Centre EH3 9DJ
  • Leeds: Wednesday, 16 March at 7pm, Leeds Cathedral Hall LS2 8BE
  • Manchester: Thursday, 17 March at 7pm, Loreto College Chapel M15 5PB

The Annual CAFOD Romero Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 8 March at 1pm in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham and on Sunday, 13 March at 10am, St Benedict’s Catholic Church, Rhodes St, Warrington WA1 2NS.

Follow this link for a poster advertising the ecumenical service.