Today, El Salvador pays tribute to the 6 Jesuits who were killed in the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) along with their cook and the cook’s daughter. The six Jesuits that were assassinated at the UCA on November 16, 1989 were Ignacio Ellacur??a, Ignacio Mart??n-Bar??, Segundo Montes, Juan Ram??n Moreno, Armando L??pez, Juan Ram??n Moreno, and Joaqu??n L??pez y L??pez. Their cook, Elba and her daughter Celina Ramos were also murdered in cold blood so that there wouldn’t be any witnesses. The soldiers who murdered the Jesuits were trained in the School of the Americas (SOA) and this coming weekend, thousands of people will gather in Fort Benning, Georgia to bring awareness on closing the SOA. To this date, the soldiers responsible for the deaths of the 6 Jesuits, Elba and Celina Ramos have not been brought up to justice.
I have been inspired by the courageous acts of not only these martyrs but all the Jesuits that were in El Salvador during the war in El Salvador. To stand on the side of the people and to openly criticise the Salvadoran Army was not an easy act. To risk being shot and killed was not going to stop them from demonstrating their faith and accompanying the Salvadoran people. They were called communist, Guerrillas disguised as priest, agitators, etc, but nothing was going to stop them from doing the right thing. They provided a voice to the voiceless.
Here is a homily that was given by Father Joseph O’hare in a memorial Mass of his Jesuit brothers that were slain in El Salvador. His homily was given on November 22, 1989 in New York. Clink on the link to read this beautiful homily.
Here is a short video of the events that happen before the tragic day of November 16, 1989. Part 1.
Here is President Rafael Correa visiting the UCA and giving a great speech.
Martires de la UCA…