The 2017 Óscar Romero Award Ceremony and Celebration is slated for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The event, which will be held at the Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, honors two leaders – Pierre Claver Mbonimpa from Burundi, East Africa and Kathryn Griffin Griñán from Houston
Both individuals are being recognized for sharing the spirit of the late Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador, who worked tirelessly to fight against social injustice.
Building on the Chapel’s 2017 Spring Symposium "An Act of Justice - Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration," this year’s awardees are working toward criminal justice reform locally and globally.
The program will include a keynote address by Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner for Precinct One and remarks from both remarkable honorees.
Following the ceremony there will be catered public reception outside on the plaza.
This event is especially unique, as 2017 marks both the 30-year anniversary of the awards and the centennial of Romero’s birth. The late archbishop is also being considered by the Catholic Church for canonization as a saint. He was beatified with a service in El Salvador in 2015, which is the final step before sainthood.
For more information about the Rothko Chapel, with a full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.