Lewis Honors Central American Martyrs With February Series

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Lewis University Honors Central American Martyrs With February Series

Published: February 6, 2017.

In honor of the 35th anniversary of Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC martyrdom in Guatemala, Lewis University will hold multiple events Feb. 13-22 on the main campus in Romeoville, Ill. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

The “Remembering Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC and Other Central American Martyrs” series will focus on the events surrounding Brother James’ death, the political and theological movements of the time, and the global ministry of Lewis University’s sponsoring religious congregation, the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

The series will open at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in Sancta Alberta Chapel with a Mass to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Brother James’ assassination as well as the slayings of other Central American martyrs.

“Modern Political History and Guatemala 1954-2017” will be presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Brother Martin Spellman, FSC, who was a colleague of Brother James in Guatemala, will speak about his experience in the Central American country. A panel discussion with Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin (Sociology), Dr. Carlene Sipma-Dysico (Sociology) and Dr. Justin Delacour (Political Science) will follow.

“How Do I Remember Him?” will be offered at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the D’Arcy Great Room. The reflection panel will include Christian Brother colleagues, friends and family of Brother James. Following the panel discussion, there will be the dedication and blessing of the Brother James Miller Chapel at 4 p.m. in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall.

“The Birth and Spread of Liberation Theology” will be presented at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology will make a presentation and panel of theology faculty, including Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC and Dr. Karen Trimble-Alliaume, will respond.

“The Global Ministry of the De La Salle Christian Brothers” will be discussed at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, director of novices, Lasallian Region of North America and former Vicar General of the Christian Brothers from 2007-2014, will present on global ministry. A panel discussion, including Dr. Dennis Cremin (History) and Dr. Kurt Schackmuth (Mission and Identity), will follow.

The series will conclude with “A Contemporary Lasallian Martyr: Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC” presented by Brother Paul Joslin, FSC, a friend of Brother James and university minister. Haley Renison ’17 will serve as a panelist. Brother Paul will share his experience serving with fellow Lasallians as missionaries during Guatemala’s brutal 36-year Civil War.

This series is being presented as part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Contact artsandideas@lewisu.edu for further information.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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