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  •  To live passionately

    Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014
  •  New Places with Familiar Feelings

    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
  •  Commemorating the UCA Martyrs

    Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
  •  Somos Familia

    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
  •  La Memoria Histórica

    Friday, Sep. 27, 2013
  •  Summer Program

    Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

    The summer program focuses on health care and public health in El Salvador and provides students with a unique opportunity to integrate direct immersion with people living in poor communities (praxis sites) and academic study. This intensive program will focus on what the health problems are in El Salvador, why the country has these health issues, and how they are being handled from both a medical response to disease and public health programs, which try to reduce the frequency of disease before people need medical care.

    Students participate in two academic courses: Health Care and Public Health in El Salvador and either Advanced or Conversational Spanish. These courses are designed to intentionally integrate students’ experience in their praxis site with the academic discipline.


    In order to apply, students must:

    1. Be in good academic standing at their home university

    2.Posses an intermediate level of Spanish (minimum of 2 Spanish courses at the university level)

    3.Desire to be immersed in local poor communities (praxis site) and have that experience be integrated with academic classes

    4.Recognize the importance of being culturally sensitive

    Program Dates

    June 15th (Arrival)- July 14th (Departure)


    The cost of an SCU 8- quarter credit summer program in 2012-13 was $5,536.  

    2013-14 costs will be available in spring of 2013.

  •  “El ejemplo” | Remembering Oscar Romero

    Friday, Mar. 30, 2012

    Written by John Byrd

    Published on

    During our time together in Mariona, my new friends Oti and Aida have filled many hours sharing their memories of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The strong hug he provided in a time of struggle. His homilies echoing from every radio in town. Even the horrors that they encountered at his funeral.  But, as we shared a cup of coffee in a small room of Oti’s house, I asked them for a few words to describe this man and they both had to pause for a moment. “… love… solidarity… a voice for the voiceless… the fight… the defender of the poor…” As I listened to these two women speak, one word resounded in my mind “ejemplo.”

    Archbishop Romero was, and continues to be, an example for those of us who desire to live our lives oriented toward social justice.  He placed himself firmly on the side of the poor and took their struggles to be his own.  He used his privilege and strength as the head of the Church of San Salvador to call for a more just nation.  He listened intently to the needs and desires of poor and suffering Salvadorans and he responded not only in words but in deeds.  During his three years as Archbishop, Monsignor Romero lived simply, prayed constantly, and refused to compromise his morals.

    Reflecting on my situation as a student at a Jesuit university, I have begun to see that this man exemplifies all of the qualities this education tries to foster in me.  I heard the phrases “men and women for and with others,” and “the preferential option for the poor” a thousand times since I was in high school but it was when Oti and Aida spoke of the Monsignor that I fully realized what this sort of life looks like. My hope is that I will be able to convert this new understanding and follow the example Archbishop Oscar Romero has set when I return home from this semester at the Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador.

     “…amor… solidaridad… Voz de los sin voces… lucha… defender de los pobres…”

    John Byrd with praxis site partners, Shannon and Brianne, at Mariona.
  •  Remembering the UCA Martyrs

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

    We celebrated the UCA martyrs' life. We had a huge celebration at the campus this week! We wanted to share with you some pictures of different activities at the UCA.