LOS ANGELES -- City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will lead a Sister City delegation of representatives from the City of Los Angeles, the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF), and Clinica Romero, on a trip to San Salvador, El Salvador to take part in the Beatification ceremony of Monsignor Oscar A. Romero.

O’Farrell will depart for El Salvador on Friday, May 22, and return on Monday, May 25. The delegation will take part in Monsignor Romero’s Beatification, which is the process in the Roman Catholic Church necessary on the road to full sainthood. The 62-year-old Romero was fatally shot March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel in the Salvadoran capitol.

“It is an honor and a privilege to represent the City of Angels during such an important moment in history for the people of El Salvador,” said O’Farrell. “I look forward to seeing the culture and traditions of El Salvador up close, a beautiful country which many of my constituents have called home at one point in their lives.”

The Councilmember will meet with his international counterparts in local government, as well as visit organizations that assist children with immigration. O’Farrell’s primary goal is to represent the City abroad and promote tourism in Los Angeles and specifically Hollywood.  The Councilmember will also visit various cultural and historical sites, including the Tombs of Jesuit Priests.

Los Angeles is home to the largest Salvadoran population in the United States and much of that population resides within Council District 13, which is represented by Councilmember O’Farrell.

Salvadorans contribute greatly to Los Angeles, which shares strong cultural ties with Central America. Approximately 170,000 Salvadorans reside within the Greater Los Ángeles area and account for almost 5 percent of the total city population. San Salvador is a Sister City to Los Angeles.

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