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Creighton Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Jesuit Martyrs

20th Anniversary of Jesuit Martyrs

On Monday, Nov. 16, Creighton University, along with Jesuits and the world-wide Catholic community,will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. A special 5 p.m. bilingual Mass will be held at St. John’s Church on Creighton’s campus. On Saturday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., students will construct a Martyrs Memorial on the church steps that will include visual displays honoring the victims and their commitment to faith. The memorial will be available for viewing over the weekend through Monday, Nov. 16.

Creighton students will also attend the national Ignatian Family Teach-In in Columbus, Ga., Nov. 19-21. Participants will be leaving campus on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 19. Creighton is sending one of the largest delegations of any college or university to this annual event that focuses on issues of social justice. Many of the students attending have visited El Salvador on University-sponsored trips, have seen the location of the massacre and talked with people who were there. Several will speak at the event.

“This anniversary is considered a pivotal historical moment for Jesuits and their supporters. It is a time that we recommit to the promotion of faith that does justice,” said the Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J., vice president for University Ministry.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.