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Salvadoran Martyrs

Hope out of Absurdity: Reflections on the Salvadoran Martyrdom

Reverend Jose Mesa, S.J., Ph.D.
Secretary for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education for the Society of Jesus
Visiting Professor, Loyola University Chicago


In the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, Ignacio Ellacuria, Segundo Montes, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, and Amado Lopez, their housekeeper, Elba Ramos, and her daughter, Celia Marisela Ramos, were murdered by the Salvadoran military on the campus of the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador.  They were labeled as subversives by the Salvadoran Government for speaking out against the oppressive socioeconomic structure of Salvadoran society. Their assassinations were ordered for their unwavering defense of the poor. 

4-5PM ▪ Wednesday, Nov. 16
LSC, Crown Center, Auditorium

Followed by 5:15 PM ▪ Memorial Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel
Celebrant, Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J.
Homilist, Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J.

Sponsored by The Jesuit Community, Campus Ministry and Office of the President, Mission and Identity



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