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Markoe-DePorres Lecture to Commemorate Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Markoe-DePorres Lecture to Commemorate Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Creighton University’s annual Markoe-Deppores Social Justice lecture at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador.

The lecture "Awake, O Sleeper!" will be presented by the Rev. Kevin Burke S.J., in the auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 620 N. 20th St. It is free to the public. Burke is the executive dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara.

The lecture will open with a guest performance by the River City Mixed Chorus. Available at the lecture will be Burke’s most recent book “ The Ignatian Tradition,” co-authored with his sister, Eileen Burke-Sullivan, an assistant professor of Theology at Creighton.

In 1996 Burke spent a semester in El Salvador doing research for his dissertation on Fr. Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., the president of the University of Central America assassinated by Salvadoran soldiers in 1989. His dissertation was later published as “The Ground Beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría.” (Georgetown University Press, 2000.)

A fundamental and systematic theologian, Burke teaches courses in Christology, Liberation Theology, Spirituality, Ecclesiology, Theological Method, and Theological Synthesis. In recent years he has lectured and published on a number of themes, including the philosophical and theological vision of Ignacio Ellacuría, the witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the theological significance of martyrdom, the theological dimensions of peacemaking, the faith that does justice, cultural diversity in the American Catholic experience, and Ignatian spirituality.