Father Ignacio Ellacurí was born in Bilbao Spain in 1930 and He joined the Jesuits at the age of 17 and studied, lived, and worked in El Salvador for 42 years. Ellacuría is known for his contribution to “Liberation Philosophy” which highlights the importance of liberating individuals who are oppressed in order for humanity to reach its full potential.
He believed that the reason for armed conflict in El Salvador was due primarily to the structure of injustice and it was the injustice that needed to be dealt with in order to end the war. He was assassinated along with seven others on November 16, 1989 for his opposition to the military dictatorship in El Salvador.
Shannon Doyle is a Junior at John Carroll university from Westfield, NJ. Last semester she studied at NUI Maynooth in Ireland. She is majoring in sociology with a minor in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights and is planning to complete her masters in Non-Profit Administration. She bacame interested in the Ignatian Solidarity network after attending the Ignatian Family Teach-in last fall. She has been involved in many volunteer activities in and outside of campus including volunteering each summer at Sister Pat’s Kids Camp in New York for kids with cancer and blood disorders. last summer she also volunteered with the York Street Project in Jersey City which helps young mothers complete their high school degree. At John Carroll she is also President of the Carroll Cinema Society and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team.