When Brother Robert returned to secular life in 1982, to pursue his vocation as a religious artist, the example of St. Oscar Romero helped him find his way. Like Robert, this bishop had spent the first part of his life isolated from the concerns of those on society’s margins. It took a violent encounter with an oppressive military regime to open the eyes of both men. Robert dedicated his studio to St. Oscar in 1983 and painted his first icon of the saint that same year.

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