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Tenth Anniversary of Jesuit Martyrs

Loyola press release - November 5, 1999

The 10th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador will be commemorated on Tuesday, November 16, 1999. Each year the Loyola University New Orleans community remembers these deaths as a commitment to faith and justice by sponsoring Martyrs’ Week.

Loyola commemorates the 10th anniversary with a week of activities beginning with Salvadoran Martyrs’ Masses on Sunday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. in St. Ignatius Chapel, in Bobet Hall located on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The Mass will commemorate those who have died while working for a faith in justice.

The next activity is the performance of The Witness, written by Loyola’s Drama and Speech Professor Ernest Ferlita, S.J., which is a dramatization adapted from the interviews of the witnesses to the 1989 murders of the six Jesuits and their companions in El Salvador. The performances begin at 8 p.m. and run November 15-17, in the Lower Depths Theatre of the Communications/ Music Complex located on Loyola’s main campus.

On Tuesday, November 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Octavia II in the Danna Center, Ernesto Valiente, S.J., will lecture about his journey, which included a stint as a rebel in El Salvador. The School of the Americas (SOA) movie marathon will begin on Wednesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Residential Quad. Three movies analyzing the role of the SOA will be shown.

The Vigil of the Journey of Peace will be held Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in the Peace Quad for those who will be traveling to the SOA in Fort Bennings, Georgia, and for those who will remain behind. The Journey of Peace to the SOA will depart from the St. Ignatius Chapel at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19. The journey is in union with the 27 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, traveling to participate in the peaceful witness calling for a closure of the SOA.

For more information, please contact John Weling, S.J., dean of Campus Ministry, at 865-3226.