A Generational Line in the Sand

BY CHRIS KERRAugust 21, 2011

The Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador have been in the news a lot lately – the Salvadoran government is hopefully taking definitive actions to call those responsible for the deaths of the Jesuits and the two women to justice.  This coming November when more than 1,000 people connected with the Ignatian family gather in Washington, DC, for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice we will recognize the 22nd anniversary of martyrdom of these six Jesuit priests and their companions who were killed on November 16, 1989.

In a way, I find this 22nd anniversary challenging because we are crossing a generational line in the sand that will change how this event is viewed forever.  The deaths of the martyrs will no longer be a part of the lifespans of Jesuit high school and university students.  Instead, we will have to find contemporary ways to share the impact of this tragedy that caused many in our society and especially our Ignatian family to give greater attention to the struggles faced by the economically poor and marginalized of El Salvador and our world.  In the years to come, we will have to respond to this challenge – finding new ways to share memories of the martyrs but also contemporary applications of their passion and commitment to the “service of faith and promotion of justice”.

Below are links to some of the recent news stories:

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