On Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, Creighton University, along with Jesuits and the world-wide Catholic community, commemorated the 21st anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. A special 5 p.m. bilingual Mass was held at St. John’s Church on Creighton’s campus. Creighton students constructed a Martyrs Memorial on the church steps that included visual displays honoring the victims and their commitment to faith. Creighton students also drove to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, DC from November 12-16 to learn about social justice issues and to participate in advocacy day where students met with congressmen on Capitol Hill to discuss the following issues: the closing of the WHINSEC/School of the Americas, where 19 of the 21 Salvadoran soldiers who participated in the murder of the Jesuits and their colleagues were trained, Environmental Policy Reform and Immigration Reform.
“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,” Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J., vice president for University Ministry.