Saturday, July 19, 2014

More than Memorable Dates

The title of this post is to reflect of the main goal that I am going to achieve for Professor Dina Berger's project; I want to compose biographies that reflect more than just basic dates of the six Jesuits and Julia&Celina Ramos. All eight were individuals who led important lives not just at the Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas" (UCA) but in surrounding communities and countries as well. As an amateur historian, I have been digging deep into the lives of eight individuals who were killed because of their beliefs (Julia and Celina were killed because they were potential witnesses) in helping those who have been victimized by their own country. They are martyrs and deserve well written paragraphs depicting their lives. To do this, I have been triple checking dates and information using multiple reliable sources because-let me make this clear- I do not want to write incorrect information for that would be doing a dishonor to these victims. What I am going to do for the remained of this post is to give a little sneak peak of information on the victims as well as a photo (courtesy of myself) of Loyola's Martyrs Wall...

Ignacio Ellacuría Beascoechea, S.J.
DOB: November 9, 1930 in Portugalete, Spain
Known: philosopher, theologian, outspoken intellectual of human rights
Nickname: "Ellacu"
Studied: classical languages, humanities, philosophy in Quito, Ecuador
theological studies in Innsbruck, Austria
Ph.D. Philosophy from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain

Amando López Quintana, S.J.
DOB: February 6, 1936 in Burgos, Spain
Known: philosopher, theologian, public speaker, extremely friendly
Studied: classical, humanities, philosophy in Quito, Ecuador
theology in Dublic, Ireland
Ph.D. Theology in Rome, Italy (started in Strasburg, France)

Joaquín López y López, S.J.
DOB: August 16, 1918 in Resume, El Salvador
He was the only Jesuit killed who was a native of El Salvador
Known: theologian, Founder of Fe y Alegría
Studied: Jesuit Seminary in Spain
classical, humanities, philosophy in El Paso, Texas

Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J
DOB: November 7, 1942 in Valladolid, Spain
Known: scholar, social psychologist, philosopher, theologies
Nickname: "Padre Nacho"
Studied: classical languages, humanities in Quito, Ecuador
philosophy, humanities in Bogotá, Colombia
theology in Frankfurt, Germany
psychology at UCA
Ph.D. Psychology from University of Chicago, USA
His Thesis: population density in El Salvador and the psychology of the 'enslaved' due to the influences of "Big Brother" in the North

Segundo Montes Mozo, S.J.
DOB: May 15, 1933 in Valladolid, Spain
Known: scholar, philosopher, theologian, educator, sociologist, human rights activist, informal advisor to Congressman Joe Moakley of Massachusetts 
Nickname: "Zeus"
Studied: classical humanities in Quito, Ecuador
Ph.D. Social Anthropolgy from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain

Juan Ramón Moreno Pardo, S.J.
DOB: August 29, 1933 in Villatuerta, Spain
Known: scholar, theologian, found of Ignatian Center of Central American, founder of the Center of Theological Reflection at UCA
Studied: classical humanities in Quito, Ecuador
theology at University of St. Louis Missouri, USA
Ignatian spirituality in Rome, Italy

Celina Mariset Ramos--------------------------------------Julia Elba Ramos
DOB: February 21, 1973 in Jayaque, El Salvador-------- March 5, 1947 in Santiago de Maria, El Salvador
Occupation: high school student at José Damian Villacorta Institute----------------UCA housekeeper&cook

Father and Husband- Obdulio Ramos who was the gardener of UCA. He planted a circle of six red rose bushes for the Jesuits and two yellow rose bushes in the center of the circle for his wife and daughter at the site of the massacre. 

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