CAFOD volunteer adopts Romero's name on confirmation - on date of his canonisation

Indigo on her Confirmation day

Indigo on her Confirmation day

A young volunteer from Kent who has been inspired by Oscar Romero's legacy was one of the first to take on his name as she iwas confirmed - on 14 October, the same date as his canonisation.

Indigo Thornton, who volunteers with young people at St Vincent's Centre in Whitstable, first came across CAFOD partner Oscar Romero when she was 11 years old and her school's house name was named after him.

Now, on the same day as Oscar Romero becomes a Saint, Indigo was among the first to take on his name.

Indigo said: "I've waited a long time to do my confirmation as I wanted to put a lot of time and effort in to it, which I've been able to do during my time at St Vincent's. His story is incredible, and his journey as someone who was given a role which he didn't really harness at first, but then changed to embrace it is inspiring.

"When I found out it was the same date, it was like God planned it! It was a perfect moment. It means a lot to me that he's being recognised for what he did and the faith he had, all on the same day as I'm making a commitment to my faith. It was meant to be.

"I am now officially confirmed as Indigo Chloe Oscar Thornton and I am very happy. It was absolutely amazing and my team came to support me. It was such a blessed day!"

The international development charity CAFOD supported Oscar Romero's radio station which ensured that Romero's voice could be heard across the country every week during his sermons. His enemies dynamited the radio station on serval occasions and every time, CAFOD was able to support to rebuild it. CAFOD also worked with his office to help displaced people fleeing from terror and persecution.

To learn more about CAFOD and Romero's work together, visit:

Tags: Romero, Canonisation, CAFOD

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