On this day 29 years ago…

In the predawn hours of November 16, 1989, an elite battalion of El Salvador’s military forced its way into the Jesuit residence at the University of Central America, or UCA. On that night, soldiers dragged five priests out of their beds and into a courtyard, made them lay face down on the grass, and fired bullets into their heads. They went back inside and killed another Jesuit. Then, searching the residence further, they found a housekeeper and her teenage daughter crouching in the corner of a bedroom, holding each other. The gunmen shot them too.

Today we memorialize the martyrs and their commitment to the Gospel, the kind that leads us to defend the lives of the poor today, and for the future.

Father Juan Ramón Moreno was one of the six Jesuits assassinated in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989, at the University of Central America. An abridged text of a retreat talk given by Juan Ramón Moreno, S.J., to members of the Christian Base Communities in Nicaragua in 1988, one year before his martyrdom.: https://www.americamagazine.org November 16, 2017

Read more of the story here:  http://jesuits.org/story?TN=PROJECT-20141028021446

Posted: November 16, 2017 / Categories: Uncategorized
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