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DM Remembers Fallen Martyrs of El Salvador

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November 06, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy will host a memorial event in honor of the 25th anniversary of the killings of Jesuit martyrs and civilians in San Salvador, El Salvador. The event, “Blood and Ink: The Challenge of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador Today,” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113 on UDM's McNichols Campus.

Bob Lasalle-KleinThe lecture will feature Bob Lassalle-Klein, Ph.D., as he offers tremendous insights into the lives of the Jesuit martyrs and the reality of the prophetic church of El Salvador. Lassalle-Klein is an associate professor of religious studies and philosophy at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif.

Lassalle-Klein is the editor of Jesus of Galilee: Contextual Christology for the 21st Century, co-editor of Love that Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuria, and is also the author of the recently published book, Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuria, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America.    

Twenty-five years ago, 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., 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.  

The lecture is sponsored by the Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available after the lecture.
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