Thursday, September 25, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room

The event was, by all accounts, a smashing success. Thanks for all who attended.  If you would like to view the lecture again or share with a friend, see below.

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Description of the Event:

As part of the University’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the death of the 6 Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter on the grounds of the University of Central America, we are pleased to invite Fr. Fernando Cardenal, S.J., to share his story: My Life as a Jesuit Priest in the Nicaraguan Revolution and Reflections on the Jesuit Martyrs.  

Fr. Cardenal (born in 1934 in Granada, Nicaragua) is a living example of the kind of advocacy and active commitment to the poor that can lead to the ultimate consequence of martyrdom as it did for the UCA martyrs. His lifelong commitment to the poor and the oppressed began as a young Jesuit living among the poor in Medellín, Colombia and has lasted throughout his Jesuit life, despite repeated requests from Rome that he refrain for political activity and advocacy throughout the Nicaraguan revolution against the Somoza dictatorship.  In the years following the revolution,  Fr. Cardenal lead the Nicaguan Literacy Campaign and served as the Minister of Education (1984-1990).

As a consequence of his commitment to live in solidarity with the poor and his refusal to abandon his work, Fr. Cardenal was dismissed from the Jesuits only to be reinstated years later.  He remains an active priest and companion of the poor and works tirelessly in support of the Fe y Alegria schools which provide education for the poorest of the poor in Nicaragua and throughout Central and South America.