Spring Hill College to commemorate 20th anniversary of Jesuit martyrs

Wed, 11/04/2009 (All day)

Nov. 4, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College has planned several events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assassination of the six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, who died in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989.

Rev. Ted Arroyo, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community, will present “Reflections on the Martyrs of El Salvador” at a Table Talk luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The student liturgy at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 will remember the 20th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs. The Mass will commission students, faculty and staff to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Columbus, Ga., Nov. 20-22.

Also, this year the Office of Campus Ministry added a trip to El Salvador as part of the International Service Immersion Program. During Mardi Gras beak, Feb. 13-20, 2010, a group of 11 students and three staff members will travel to El Salvador. They will work with CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador), a faith-based organization that will provide them the opportunity to experience the insights, struggles, needs and hope of the Salvadoran people.

For their service component, they will spend three days living in the village of Zaragoza at the COAR orphanage, teaching English as a Second Language. Their time in San Salvador will include a visit to the University of Central America, the Jesuit university; the home and chapel of Archbishop Oscar Romero; the National Cathedral; and the shrine of the four churchwomen.