Celebrate your Salvadoran roots!

The El Salvadoran consulate will be holding a conference in Cedar Hill, Texas on September 5th and 6th for youth wanting to know more about their Salvadoran heritage. Learn more about how you can be a part of your country!    

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IMPORTANT re: DACA work permits!

ATTENTION CENTRO ROMERO CLIENTS! IMPORTANT re: EAD FORMS (Work Permits) Le mandamos este correo porque nuestros records indican que usted tiene un permiso de trabajo de tres años por error, bajo el DACA. Es importante que usted regrese este permiso de trabajo a nosotros de inmediato! De lo contrario usted podría recibir una visita de inmigración. Inmigración ha pedido que todos estos permisos sean regresados para que sean reemplazados por uno de dos años. Empezando mañana jueves Julio 16, inmigración empezará a visitar las casas de los indivi...

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Youth Department Success Stories

Just a few glimpses of the incredible things that Centro Romero's hard-working youth department has been up to in the last few months.  Even with drastic cuts to their budget due to the Illinois' State Budget decrease on immigration services, they've still managed to give guidance to the youth and parents in our community. Our fundraising event, "Empowering Our Youth Leaders," is focused on the efforts of this extremely important department inside our building on the North side of Chicago. [gmedia id=1]

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NEW Centro Romero website!

Welcome to the new CentroRomero.org.  Centro Romero was fortunate to team up with EPIC (Empowering Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives) a non-profit organization comprised of some of the top professionals in the advertising, marketing, and design fields.  For a little over 8 weeks, EPIC took the time and consideration to listen to what we at Centro Romero wanted out of a new website and put it into place.  Keep your eye on the site as new features will be added in the upcoming weeks to make this an extremely informative and easy to use website.  We'd like to thank our ...

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How one Centro Romero alumna got a free ride from Bill Gates

Eliza Luvianos, a face very familiar with those at Centro Romero since her start in 5th grade, has been named as one of the only 1,000 national recipients of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship after graduating with Lincoln Park High School. As president of various clubs and over 300 hours of community service in high school, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was impressed with that as well as her recommendation from former Centro Romero Youth Program director Doris Cabrera Andrade. As a recipient of the scholarship, she's entitled to full tuition at the ...

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Salvadorans Flock to Honor Beloved Archbishop on Path to Sainthood

By ELISABETH MALKIN for The New York Times SAN SALVADOR — Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of El Salvador’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the beatification of Óscar Romero, an archbishop who walked with his people in poverty and was killed after denouncing it. Under a bright sun, people joined in the songs and prayers of the Roman Catholic ritual that blessed Archbishop Romero, who was assassinated here as he celebrated evening Mass on March 24, 1980. As symbols were carried to the stage to commemorate his final step before sainthood, one stood ...

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Honoring Óscar Romero

Rev. John Dear via Huffington Post:   This week, I'm in El Salvador to join the national celebration on Saturday, May 23, for the beatification ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the great peacemaker who was shot dead while saying Mass and preaching for peace on March 24, 1980. After 35 years, 75,000 dead, countless millions of dollars from U.S. military aid to the death squads, continued political corruption and gang violence, and ongoing disregard from Vatican officials and right wing U.S. Catholic bishops, Pope Francis is beatifying Romero -- naming him a "blessed," the stage just before he is officially canonized as a "saint of God." But for the people of El Salvador and much of the world, Romero has always been a saint. For me, though, Archbishop Oscar Romero is not just the greatest bishop in Christian history, he is one of the greatest human beings in history -- right up there with the likes of Jeremiah and Isaiah, Francis and Clare, Mahatma Gandhi and Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, Thich Nhat Hanh and Archbishop Tutu. Oscar Romero is the epitome of what it means to be a Christian -- a prophet of peace, justice and nonviolence. And that's precisely the problem. That's why he was killed. That's why so many church authorities ignore him, resent him, even hate him. He was just like the nonviolent Jesus. Romero vigorously denounced the U.S. backed death squads and U.S. military aid, defended the poor and oppressed, stood with all those being threatened and killed, and was eventually killed himself, standing at the altar. His martyrdom attracted the love and devotion of millions upon millions of poor people and nonviolent activists in El Salvador and Latin America. ...

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Chicago Tribune writeup on Centro Romero

The Latino immigrants who come to Centro Romero are united by one simple goal: to acquire skills that will help them become successful Americans. Every year, thousands of newcomers find their way to this community-based organization on Clark Street on the Far North Side to learn how to use a computer, iron out legal issues and, most of all, to read and speak English better. On a recent afternoon, a literacy class had just let out and mothers, mostly from Mexico, came to the child care room down the hall to scoop up their preschoolers who were listening to a story — ...

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