Documentary Premiere to Mark 10th Anniversary of Jesuit Murders

Documentary Premiere to Mark 10th Anniversary of Jesuit Murders

Boston College will mark the 10th anniversary of the murders of six Salvadoran Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter with a Mass and the East Coast premiere of the documentary "Enemies of War" on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel. Following a private reception, the video will be shown at 7 p.m. in Devlin 008.

In November 1989, the Jesuits and the two women were roused from their beds at the University of Central America in San Salvador, taken outside and shot to death by masked gunmen believed to be allied with government forces.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will introduce the documentary, which depicts the suffering endured by the population of El Salvador during that nation's long and bloody civil war. The 1989 Jesuit murders are seen as a starting point for the peace process that resulted in the country's first democratic elections.

US Rep. John Joseph Moakley (D-Mass.), who is featured in the documentary for his efforts to bring the murderers to justice, will offer comments on the video and answer questions from the audience following the screening.

"Enemies of War" is the work of award-winning producer Esther Cassidy and is narrated by actor Martin Sheen. It will be broadcast on Public Broadcasting System stations this winter.

-Reid Oslin

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