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Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship Program
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The Oscar Romero Scholars Program at Catholic Theological Union(CTU) prepares lay, Hispanic/Latin@ women and men for rofessional ministry. Romero Scholars earn a graduate degree with the benefit of a full-tuition scholarship and a creative formation program inspired by the life and ministry of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our Baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people.
The Formation Program

Romero Scholars participate in formation activities designed to nurture their identity as Hispanic/Latin@ lay ministers. The formation program encourages them to integrate their spiritual life, intellectual development, and their growing pastoral skills with their lived experience as Hispanic/Latin@ Catholics. The formation consists of monthly theological reflection convivios or gatherings with other scholars, as well as bi-annual retreats and participation in special events at CTU.

Professor John Smith Program Head Honcho.
Scholarship Criteria

• Proficiency in English. Most classes are taught in English; however, theological reflection, retreats, and other formation components are offered bilingually.
• Must be Hispanic/Latin@ and Catholic
• A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
• Three years of ministry in the Catholic Church among Hispanics/Latin@s
• Sincere commitment to accomplish his/her studies and to serve the Catholic Church as a lay minister
• Able to minister in, or on behalf of, the Archdiocese of Chicago for three years following graduation APPLICATION

Who is Archbishop Oscar Romero

Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980) was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture amid a growing war between leftist rebels and government and right-wing forces.[3] In 1980, Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Though no one was ever convicted for the crime, investigations by the UN-created Truth Commission for El Salvador concluded that the extreme right-wing politician, founder of ARENA and death squad


CTU will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Romero Scholars Program on Saturday evening, November 2, 2019. Please join us for a festive celebration that includes a fabulous dinner, musical entertainment and dancing.

We look forward to welcoming U.S. Congressman Jesús G. “Chuy” García as the recipient of the Saint Óscar Romero Award.

For a quarter of a century, CTU’s Óscar Romero Scholars have hosted this annual celebration which highlights and supports the scholarship program. The Romero Scholarship offers Hispanic lay men and women a full-tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. This event is a wonderful example of our community coming together to support the next generation of Hispanic Catholic leaders for the Church.

All proceeds from this event directly fund these critical scholarships.

RSVP by October 25.

Catholic Theological Union
The James and Catherine Denny Center
5416 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60615
Please call 773.371.5411 for more information