Romero Center Ministries was founded on March 24, 1998, on the 18th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral parish came into possession of a large former convent on its campus, and had a vision for an urban retreat center that would ground people in Jesus’ call to serve the poor among us.
Romero Center Ministries began with the intention of bringing the Church community to Camden to experience an enlightened conversion and commitment. We wanted young people to see that there is both opportunity and challenge in the work of the Church. We wanted adults to understand their role in bringing about a societal commitment to end poverty and discrimination in our world.
From the very beginning we’ve told participants that the most important thing that will happen on these experiences is not what they will do for others, but what others will do for them. In the words of Archbishop Romero: “We learn to see the face of Christ – the face of Christ that also is the face of a suffering human being, the face of the crucified, the face of the poor, the face of a saint, and the face of every person – and we love each one with the criteria with which we will be judged: ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat’” (Oscar Romero, Reflections on His Life).
Presently, Romero Center Ministries fulfills its mission and vision by providing a variety of programs geared towards students, young adults, adults, and church and lay leaders. Please explore our website for more information on programs that might be of interest to you.