Last Friday was the 23rd anniversary of the deaths of the UCA martyrs–six Jesuits, their cook and her daughter who were murdered at the University of Central America in El Salvador on November 16, 1989. To mark the occasion, a writer for the New York Times wrote about the way one Jesuit house remembers them.
“There is something about the circumstances of their death I don’t want people to take for granted,” said Father Keck. “It’s too fleshless, the word martyr. Giving people the status of martyr is only the beginning. You just might want to mediate on the days and moments before they died, especially when they were pulled out of bed and brought out to the garden to be shot.”