On Saturday, March 10 our Salvadoran Community will host our parish’s annual celebration in honor of Blessed Bishop Oscar Romero. Mass will begin at 6:00pm and Fr. Fredis Sandoval will celebrate the Mass.

Padre Fredis grew up in the diocese of Santiago de María in El Salvador. Monseñor Romero came to serve as bishop there when Fr. Fredis was in high school. Fr. Fredis was in San Salvador studying philosophy from 1977-1980, thus was present in San Salvador throughout the time Romero was Archbishop.

Fr. Fredis was ordained a priest in 1982. He served as a diocesan priest in his home diocese, Santiago de Maria from 1983-1986. From 1986-1988 he attended the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a degree in theology. From 1988 to 1992 he served as a professor of theology at the San José de la Montaña Seminary in El Salvador, serving as rector from 1990-92.

From 1993-2003 Fr. Fredis returned to Rome, writing his doctoral thesis on Monseñor Romero’s Christology and Ecclesiology. In 2003 he returned to San Salvador, where his focus has been on education, providing pastoral training and training to catechists. From 2004 to the present, he has served as a chaplain and professor at Colegio Santa Teresa de Jesús, a Catholic school in San Marcos that offers pre-school through high school. Fr. Fredis teaches high school students. Fr. Fredis is a founding member of the Concertación Romero, and holds a deep conviction of the importance of contributing to justice in the case of Blessed Oscar Romero’s assassination.

Blessed Óscar Arnulfo Romero (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980) was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s, becoming Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. After witnessing numerous violations of human rights, he began to speak out on behalf of the poor and the victims of repression. This led to numerous conflicts, both with the government in El Salvador and within the Catholic Church. After speaking out against U.S. military support for the government of El Salvador, and calling for soldiers to disobey orders to fire on innocent civilians, Archbishop Romero was shot dead while celebrating Mass at the small chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived.