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The Legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs

In the early hours of Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter were murdered by Salvadoran soldiers on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. For speaking truth to power in war-ravaged El Salvador, for defending the poorest of the poor, and for ultimately promoting a faith that does justice without qualification, these Jesuits were considered traitors by certain members of El Salvador’s elite and so were summarily executed. The 20th anniversary of the Jesuit assassinations offers an important opportunity to reflect on the enduring legacy of the martyrs and to ask what this legacy could mean for Santa Clara University and for Jesuit higher education in the early 21st century. Read more.

Monday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Mission Church
Prayer Service – Commemoration of Jesuit Salvadoran Martyrs

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Benson Center, Williman Room and Parlors B and C
Panel Discussion and Reception for Students

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Benson Center, Williman Room
Faculty Colloquium – “The Idea of a Jesuit University”

Click here for more information and a full list of events.

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