The 30th Anniversary delegation will provide participants with a framework for exploring the historical elements of the martyrs’ lives from a contemporary lens while engaging very personally in the modern issues of social justice that our brothers and sisters in El Salvador encounter.
The experience will include the opportunity to visit important sites related to the lives of the Jesuits and their companions, stay with Salvadoran families in countryside communities, and explore issues of injustice through presentations and activities. Issues include migration, labor rights, environmental sustainability, access to water, etc. Delegates will meet with a wide array of individuals while in El Salvador including community members, NGO leaders, Jesuits, etc. Reflection and prayer opportunities will be daily components of the experience.
ISN will partner with Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) to facilitate the delegation. Founded in the mid-1980’s, CRISPAZ is a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the US and other countries through mutual accompaniment, striving together for peace, justice, sustainability, and human liberation.
Taking the Experience Beyond El Salvador:
A key goal of the experience will be for participants to develop and implement methods of engaging their local communities in the experience upon their return, as well as the larger Ignatian family through online reflections and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Participants will be asked to share a pre-trip plan for how they will bring their experience with their local community. Throughout the delegation, there will be time for reflection and opportunities for participants to discuss ideas. Participants will also be strongly encouraged to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2019 in Washington, DC, where there will be a number of ways for these participants to share their experiences with the larger group.
Who should participate?
The delegation is open to religious and lay individuals from North American Jesuit/Ignatian institutions including parish members, faculty, administrators, institutional leaders, college/university students, and alumni. Institutions may utilize this delegation as a formational opportunity for mission & identity staff (ie. ministry, service, mission offices). Delegates will represent Jesuit/Ignatian parishes, high schools, universities, social ministries, and other works. The total group size will be approximately 40 people. To allow for a diversity of institutions to participate, we ask that institutional groups be limited to three participants. The delegation is not open to individuals under the age of 18.
Participants will take part in a few online preparation meetings during the Spring of 2019.