A Lenten study based on the life of Bishop Oscar Romero will be led at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church by Dr. Matthew Russell and Elmer Romero. The study begins on Thursday, February 19, at noon in the Fellers Room (S-312).

Russell is the senior associate minister for faith formation at St. Paul’s. Co-leader Romero was a family friend of the bishop and grew up in his church.

“Assassinated while offering Mass in 1980, the El Salvadoran Bishop Romero was an outspoken leader against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture,” said Russell. “Bishop Romero's feast day is during Lent, and we felt that a journey through his life would be a profound journey during this season.”

The text will be Monsignor Romero: Memories in Mosaic. It will be available for purchase at the first session for $22, or participants may bring their own. Copies also will be available for those who can not afford the cost.

In addition to his leadership role with faith formation, Russell preaches at St. Paul’s 9:45 Sunday worship services and leads community-building and social entrepreneur ventures. Formerly a professor of Practical Theology and Community Development at Duke Divinity, he recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity where he explored redemptive narratives and reconciliation movements within Europe.

Elmer Romero is a human rights activist, artist, journalist, and educator. For 15 years he was Director of Publications for Asociacion Equipo Maiz, an educational non-profit organization in Central America.