On November 16, 1989, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., Segundo Montes, S.J., Juan Ramón Moreno, S.J., Joaquín López y López, S.J., Amando López, S.J. and their housekeeper Elba Ramos, and her 15 year-old daughter Celina Ramos, were murdered at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The lives and loss of these martyrs have significantly influenced the Ignatian family in the United States and throughout the world. Jesuit institutions have re-defined what it is to be universities, high schools, parishes, etc. in light of the martyrs, discerning new ways of addressing issues of social justice locally and abroad. Across the Ignatian family new ways of proceeding have developed over the course of twenty-five years. ISN is a direct product of the spirit of the martyrs, forming in response to their tragic deaths at the hands of many individuals who received training at the former U.S. Army School of the Americas.
Jesuit Martyrs Poster
The paintings for this 16×24 poster were originally created by Mary Pimmel-Freeman (Rockhurst University ’07) as a thesis project. Since then, the paintings have been displayed at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice as a reminder of the martyrs’ witnesses.
Jesuit Martyrs Prayer Cards
Front of the Prayer Card: The paintings on the front of the card were originally created by Mary Pimmel-Freeman (Rockhurst University ’07) as a thesis project (same as the poster). Since then, the paintings have been displayed at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice as a reminder of the martyrs’ witnesses.
Back of the Prayer Card: The back features a litany adapted from a prayer by James Martin, S.J.