Tuesday, November 17, 2009
dot Commonweal reminds us that "It was 20 years ago today that 6 Jesuits, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter were killed [actually, murdered] at the University of Central America in San Salvador." More here.
Twenty years ago, on November 16, 1989, I was studying theology at the Jesuit community in Berkeley, Calif., when my friend Steve Kelly knocked on the door and asked if I had heard the news. I hadn’t. He broke down telling me of the brutal deaths early that morning of six Jesuit priests at the University of Central America, the Jesuit university in San Salvador. I had known those Jesuits from my time in El Salvador in 1985, when I lived and worked in a refugee camp. I was shocked and grief-stricken. Here.