Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel

Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel

Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel
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This was the hospital where Archbishop Oscar Romero took up humble residence, and conducted services in the chapel. He was assassinated here.
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Linda S
Sunnyvale, CA50 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Business
To be in San Salvador is to learn of Monseñor Romero. This is the hospice that he made his home. It is still run by the order of nuns that tended to the ill and gave him housing in a room behind the altar until they could build him a a small house on the grounds. It is also the site of his murder, while saying mass in the chapel. The house has been preserved as a shrine to his memory, and the rooms are as he left them. While Archbishop Romero is technically buried in the cathedral, in a crypt underneath the sanctuary, his internal organs are buried under the grotto outside his house, making this his second burial place.
Written 19 June 2014
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caboto1961
San Salvador, El Salvador9 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Solo
My motivation in visiting El Salvador and this shrine was fostered by an Oliver Stone film SALVADOR....in that, the rise to power (with US money, training and support of the right wing anti-Communist local military) and a local Catholic church which had started to focus on the poor, the landless, the powerless after having supported the ruling classes for centuries..drew the ire of these fanatical "saviours" of El Salvador......Archbishop Romero sermons focused on the injustices and outrages carried out against the marginalised, dispossessed the have nots who had dared to band together into workers co-operatives and unions to end their economic exploitation and seek a fairer share of the national wealth..and maybe some redistribution of land....as such they provoked fear into the traditional landowners and politicians...proof that the contagion of Communism had spread from Cuba to Nicaragua and now was growing in El Salvador.

So this humble and yet beautiful chapel is where the Archbishop gave his life for his people, where he shed his blood in sacrifice for his troubled land, while saying Mass and celebrating the Eucharist..he paid the ultimate price but he lived out the Gospel semper fidelis.
Written 7 May 2012
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VivaMexicoLiz
Mexico City, Mexico552 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Solo
We visited as part of a city tour. I'm so glad that I was able to see this small museum comprising his small house and garden, together with the chapel where he was assassinated. The Hospital Divina Providencia is run by the Carmelite Sisters. If the Romero residence appears closed, ask someone at the chapel for help; I'm told they will open it for visitors. One of the sisters was at the house when we stopped by the gate and she invited us inside. There are lots of photographs, along with the religious vestments and other, more simple artifacts of his life. I was especially moved to see the chapel where he was murdered while he was offering mass.
Written 30 October 2014
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Eva121036
Arlington, MA26 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Solo
The chapel is a free-standing modern building in the grounds of a hospice for terminally ill cancer patients. Archbishop Oscar Romero chose to live there in a very small simple building, and would regularly celebrate Mass in that chapel. When he gave a homily during Mass in which he criticized the right-wing government, a sharpshooter appeared at the open door of the chapel and killed him. There are murals with his portrait all over the country.
Written 15 March 2014
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Kevseattle
Seattle, WA6 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Solo
I wanted to see the actual place where Romero gave his last homily. His living quarters are there too, very simple living
Written 19 January 2014
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27noor
San Salvador, El Salvador10 contributions
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Nov 2012 • Friends
This is really a special place not only for religious people. Here you can see the simple bare rooms where Monsenor Romero spent is last years and understand the full spiritual teaching of his life dedicated to the poor. All the visitors I took there were deeply moved by the visit to the Chapel and the small museum
Written 8 December 2012
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pkrissel
Salem, OR1,311 contributions
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Mar 2012 • Friends
This hospital is a central place to visit to understand the role of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the hearts of the Salvadoran people. The civil war lasted from 1980 until the peace treaty of 1992. Archbishop Romero became a tireless advocate for the poor, and for social and economic justice. His decision to reside at the Hospital Divina Providencia was a statement of his belief that the church leaders should be close to the people. This was a cancer hospital run by the Carmellite nuns. Archbishop Romero occupied a very small living quarters, with 3 small rooms that was very humble and modest. He conducted services at the small chapel on the grounds of the hospital.

It was in this chapel that he was assassinated while conducting a service. It is riveting to look from the road through the open doors of the chapel to the alter. The gunman sat in a car, took one shot with a 22 caliber rifle, using an exploding bullet, and struck the Archbishop right above the heart. When you look down that aisle, about a 60 yard distance, you cannot escape the understanding that his was done by a professional gunman.

The chapel gives humble silent homage to the Archbishop. The living quarters display the vestments he was wearing when he was shot. There are several of his possessions on display, and pictures on the wall that give a sense of the history of the times. A Carmellite sister gives a short talk and answers questions about the hospital and Archbishop Romero's life there.

El Salvador has experienced 20 years of peaceful exchange of power during elections since the peace treaty. Archbishop Romero was one of many priests and nuns assassinated by the military and death squads during this time. His legacy, and their memory live in the hearts of Salvadorans who are trying to build a civil society in the wake of the pain of that war.

Visit this site. It is essential to a full understanding of the history of this small country. Also visit the Centro Oscar Romero in San Salvador, where there is more information and history of the assassinations of religious advocates for justice during that time. 4 priests were shot there.
Written 31 March 2012
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ash y
Nicosia, Cyprus35 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Solo
I stopped over in San Salvador mainly to visit the chapel, i was not disappointed! The chapel and the living quarter of Fr Romero were just too peaceful, it is humbling to see the simple room where he lived and wrote. Ring the bell if center door is closed, go to the small office in the back of the chapel if the chapel is closed. A must see!
Written 23 August 2014
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Gabrielle8109
Chicago, IL50 contributions
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Oct 2013
It Took us a while to find this place and when we got there it was late& getting ready to close but the nun that was working allowed us to go in & Wow am I glad. This is the where Monseñor Romero lived. It was such valuable history. This was a short trip but definitely one of the ones I remember the most.
Written 3 July 2014
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Miquel Angel
Brussels, Belgium180 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
Even if you are not a religiousperson, this place has something special. You can feel the spirit of Monseñor Romero and what this place mean to Salvadorean people and its history. Not visiting this place make meaningless your stay in El Salvador.
Written 17 August 2016
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