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Legacy of Jesuit Martyrs & Companions Inspires Crowd of Over 1,600 at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Over 1,600 attendees were inspired by the legacy of the Jesuit martyrs and their companions at the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). The Teach-In took place in the Washington DC area from November 15-17. The IFTJ is an annual nationwide Catholic social justice conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Teach-In attendees represented over ninety-five Catholic institutions in twenty-five states, Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico. The 17th annual Teach-In coincided with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests, killed in El Salvador on November 16, 1989, by Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor.

Congressman Jim McGovern & Jesuit Honduran Human Rights Organization Receive Legacy of the Martyrs Awards

Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-2) received a "Legacy of the Martyrs" Award from the Ignatian Solidarity Network on November 13 in honor of his ongoing commitment to advocating for human rights oriented U.S. policy in El Salvador and across the globe.

“Blood in the Backyard” National Premiere at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - This year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice will feature the national premiere of “Blood in the Backyard,” a documentary depicting the 1989 murders and subsequent legacy of the Jesuit martyrs and their companions in El Salvador. The documentary is produced and directed by Loyola Productions, a Los Angeles-based, nonprofit creative media company that builds on the more than 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of effective involvement in the communication arts. The documentary includes interviews with U.S. Representative Jim McGovern, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador William Walker, liberation theologian Jon Sobrino, S.J., and Chema Tojeira, S.J., Jesuit provincial in Central America at the time of the Salvadoran muders. Over 1,300 individuals affiliated with Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church will converge at the Teach-In, November 15-17 in Washington, D.C. to experience "Blood in the Backyard," which will be shown at approximately at 9 PM on Saturday, November 15.