Before I started working for AJCU in 2007, I was only briefly familiar with the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. Within just a few months, I would learn more about their story from my boss at the time, Fr. Charlie Currie, SJ. Across the Jesuit network, Fr. Currie is an incredibly respected and admired leader who has devoted his career to Jesuit higher education. Here in our office, I was privileged and blessed to work for him and hear his firsthand accounts of the many projects and causes that he has been involved with over the years, including his direct experience with seeking justice for the lives of the eight martyrs at the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador.
Shortly after the murders, Fr. Currie flew to El Salvador as a representative of Georgetown University to assist during the investigation. He helped to coordinate the university’s response to the assassinations, worked with members of Congress to determine what happened and later served as a representative of the Society of Jesus at the trial of the soldiers accused of the murders. To hear Fr. Currie speak about these experiences is moving, but to see firsthand how he continues to work for justice 25 years later through his involvement with organizations like the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Commons is truly inspirational.
All of us who work in Jesuit ministries benefit from having role models like Fr. Currie, who live out the Ignatian tenets of service and justice every day. Although we live in a world that is fraught with conflict, we try to make a difference through education, advocacy and prayer. I am grateful to work for an organization like AJCU, where I have been challenged, taught and inspired by Jesuits who carry on the legacy of the martyrs today.