Orbis Books was founded in 1970, seven years before Oscar Romero was named archbishop of San Salvador and ten years before he was shot while saying Mass. And yet I have always regarded Romero, who embodied the church of the poor, as the true patron saint of our program. With his canonization this month, the church has officially confirmed the judgment of those who have long regarded Romero as one of the great saints of our time.
Over the years we have published a dozen books on Romero. For a moving portrait through the testimony of those who knew him, I highly recommend journalist María López Vigil’s Monseñor Romero: Memories in Mosaic. For a richly illustrated biography, Oscar Romero and the Communion of Saints by Scott Wright with photos by Romero’s own photographer, Octavio Duran. For a superb collection of Romero’s writings: The Violence of Love. And for a theological assessment of his life and witness: Michael E. Lee’s just-published Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero.