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Campus Events Highlight 30th Anniversary UCA Martyrs

Saturday, Nov. 16, marks 30 years since 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. and their housekeeper Elba Ramos and her 15 year-old daughter Celina Ramos were murdered at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

The UCA Martyrs were killed for the way they lived – how they lived out their faith and how that faith was expressed in love.

Kevin Burke, S.J., vice president for mission at Regis University, has written extensively on the UCA Martyrs and will be the homilist at the 9 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov.17.

At noon Monday, Nov. 18, Burke will be speaking about “Writing in the Dark: The UCA Martyrs and the Poetry of Political Memory” in Wuller Hall Room 222. Lunch will be provided and all are invited.

The SLU community is also invited to stop by West Pine Mall outside Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry to learn about the martyrs through art and words. Their life is a witness to the Gospel and to the way we should live our lives in response to issues of inequality and justice here on our campus, in our city, and in our world.

Contact Sue Chawszczewski, director of campus ministry at for more information.