It is with great hope and excitement that we write to you today with a new kind of invitation. On November 10-17, 2013, Fundahmer will be hosting our first-ever retreat style delegation around the topics of the liberating spirit of the Christian Base Communities, the martirial people of El Salvador, and the 24th anniversary of the martyrs of the UCA: Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ, his five Jesuit companions, and Elba and Celina Ramos.
Like the our traditional sister-community and immersion delegations in which many of you have participated, the retreat will be an opportunity to surround ourselves with the current reality of the Salvadoran church and people while reflecting and engaging in transformation from the point of view of the poor. During the retreat, we will visit many different communities and members of the Salvadoran church throughout the country and participate in the activites surrounding the anniversary of the UCA martyrs, whose lives are testimonies to the spirit that animates the church today.
Some highlights of what we hope to do include:
- Celebrating liturgy with a Christian Base Community in La Libertad
- Visiting El Mozote, site of the December 1981 massacre, with Marta Amaya, daughter of sole survivor Rufina
- Meeting with women’s groups in different regions of the country to learn about their work as protagonists in their communities and churches
- Learning about the legacy of Monsenor Romero for the Salvadoran people and church and considering the hope for the current beatification process
- Participating in the vigil and liturgy in celebration of the UCA martyrs.
We hope to welcome many of you in November to accompany each other in this space for depth, faith, and continued conversion in solidarity with the Salavdoran people. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to facilitate sharing and growing among people from different communities and different walks of life in a distinct way from our usual community- and group-specific delegations. The cost for the week is $800, but as we never want cost to be prohibitive, please contact us with any financial conerns. We also know that classes and work schedules may be additional barriers to particpating with us in El Salvador this year. If this is the case for you, please forward this email to friends and contacts who may be interested and able, and consider making a donation to help provide finaincial help for potential participants who may be unable to pay the costs of the retreat. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas of something specific about which you’d like to deepen your understanding about during the retreat, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are hopeful about the possibilities of an experience like this, and are looking forward to seeing some of you here in November!
“The splendid experience of the base communities as ferment for the renewal of the Church… that they organize to struggle in solidarity and give their lives for the good of the most humble and weak of their brothers and sisters, is proof of the salvific and liberating potential of the poor.”
– Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ
Again, please do not hesitate to be in touch about your questions and ideas at email@example.com, and help us spread the word!