November 16, 1989
Remembering and Celebrating - Renewing a Commitment to Justice
The El Salvador assassination of Six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter,
continues to remind us of our mission and offers us inspiration and vision.
Photo from video, "A Question of Conscience," ©1990,
Icarus/Tamouz Media, Inc.
6 PRIESTS, 2 OTHERS SLAIN IN SAN SALVADOR
SALVADOR, NOV 16, 1989
MARTYRDOM AND MERCY
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.
the end of darkness on the morning of Nov. 16, with unspeakable and
barbaric cruelty, armed men burst into the Jesuit residence at the University
of Central America in San Salvador and shot six Jesuit priests to death.
At the same time, the community's cook and her daughter were murdered
in their bed. According to reliable reports, several of the priests,
my brothers, had their brains torn from their heads.
6 JESUITS BURIED IN SALVADORAN CHAPEL
SALVADOR, NOV 19, 1989
In Solidarity with the Slain Jesuits of El Salvador
Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. gave this homily at a memorial Mass for the slain Jesuits of El Salvador at St. Ignatius Church in New York City on November 22, 1989
The occasion for our liturgy is the tragedy of last Thursday, Nov. 16, when six Jesuits and two of their household family at the Central American University in San Salvador were brutally murdered and mutilated in the early morning hours. We mourn not only for them, but for all the victims of this wasteful war that for more than 10 years has bled a tiny, tortured country. We mourn for the 70,000 people of El Salvador who have died in this war and the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced by the fighting.
We remember the martyrs that preceded last Thursday’s victims, Rutillo Grande, a Jesuit assassinated in 1977, the same year that a right-wing paramilitary group ordered all Jesuits to leave the country or face a sentence of death. We remember Archbishop Oscar Romero, struck down by an assassin’s bullet in 1980 while celebrating Mass. We remember also the four American women missionaries who were kidnapped, assaulted and murdered by military forces in December of 1980....
"The struggle against injustice
and the pursuit of truth
cannot be separated nor can one
work for one independent of the other."
Ignatio Ellacuría, S.J. - Murdered superior of Jesuit community
10th Anniversary Memorial at Creighton University
November 16, 1999
click here to view more Memorial Photos
by Bert Thelen, S.J.
upon returning from El Salvador
for the celebration
of the 1st Anniversary,
of the Martyrs
LINKS for exploring
the meaning of this Anniversary:
of the Cross
from the Jesuit Chapel
at the University of Central America.
The 4 Churchwomen Martyred in
& Lies in El Salvador"
Social sins which cry to heaven
Collaborative Ministry Office