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Mercy sister to speak on Archbishop Romero book

January 26, 2017

 “Romero and Grande: Companions on the Journey” by Sister Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, Lectio Publishing, LLC, May 2016, 200 pages, $19.95; info@lectiopublishing.com or Mercy Center bookstore, (650) 373-45106

new_06 Pineda THUMBMercy Sister Ana Marie Pineda looks at the ministry and lives of late San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and late Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande in the book “Romero and Grande: Companions on the Journey.” Archbishop Romero died in 1980 and Father Grande in 1977, both victims of assassination in El Salvador.

The book’s perspective is nuanced by the author’s Salvadoran heritage and presents the two men, who died speaking out for the poor, as flawed human beings who nevertheless strove to do God’s will, said Liz Dossa, Mercy Sisters communication director, in a statement.

Brought to San Francisco at age 2, the author prizes her parents’ determination to keep the language and culture of their homeland alive for her and her four siblings, Dossa said. Sister Ana Marie is currently an associate professor of theology at Santa Clara University.

“I wanted to write about their humanity,” Sister Ana Marie said in the statement about the subjects of the book.

Said Dossa: “Sister Ana Marie reveals Father Grande’s fragility, his struggle with depression and yet eventually his powerful effectiveness as a seminary teacher and pastoral priest. She describes Archbishop Romero’s personality as that of an introvert, a scholar and an aloof theologian who was often intolerant of other’s weaknesses. Romero’s more traditional view of the church changed slowly.”

The author met Archbishop Romero a year before his death saying his “quiet, self-possessed spirit” impressed her deeply.

Mercy Sister Ana Marie Pineda will discuss the background on her book and why she wrote it Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, admission free, mercy-center.org

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