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Reflection on the Beatification of Archbishop Romero; Its Meaning Today

June 12, 2015

Written by SHARE board member Jean Stokan on May 24, 2015

Romero crowdAfter decades of work on El Salvador, yesterday’s event ofthe beatification of Romero consumed me.  I watched the ceremony live streamed from El S, the formal Church service, and coupled that with watching several DVDs of the war years from the perspective of el pueblo.  My husband, Scott Wright, and a host of friends from the US went down for the events, and to be with the people’s celebration in the streets.  Estimates range from a quarter to a half million people gathered.  Rep. Jim McGovern went as well.   Mercy Sister Betty Campbell, a friend who together with Carmelite priest Peter Hinde had been in El Salvador in the early 80s and seeded much solidarity, attended the beatification, and she emailed me this morning.  Reflecting on the day before, she wrote: “The sermons were pretty words, but not the essentials, no clear words of why San Romero was killed….Please pray that the Amnesty Law is lifted and past crimes are recognized…It is like the USA, when we recognize our crimes of war, of poverty and bring those responsible to recognize what they did and what is being done, what we participate in, then we will be able to have a new society”. Read More »


35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan

May 15, 2015

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Dear brothers and sisters,

SHARE El Salvador and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, LCWR are inviting you to help us organize the 35th anniversary delegation to El Salvador to celebrate the lives of Ita, Maura, Dorothy, Jean, Carla and all the martyrs. Delegation dates: November 28 to December 5. Read More »


Food and Water: Human Rights? Not yet.

April 30, 2015

As April comes to a close, so does a hotly debated issue. The amendment to Article 69, that would define food and water as human rights, failed in El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly. But not all hope is lost.

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Delegate Reflection: What to share?

April 20, 2015

The Northwest School from Seattle sent 22 students and 5 teachers to El Salvador at the end of March to learn about El Salvador and commemorate the life of Oscar Romero. One of the students reflects on how to share the experience.

From the very beginning of the trip, I have been thinking about what I wanted to share with the Northwest School community. I have been wondering since we arrived what we will take back to Seattle.

We have learned so much about the damages of the wealth gap in El Salvador, and a government overly influenced by U.S. interests during our time here. However, it is so easy to take ourselves out of the equation. It’s hard to ask ourselves what role we play not only in El Salvador but also back in the United States. Read More »


Delegate Spotlight: Dan

April 17, 2015

Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming Churchwomen Commemoration Delegation in December!  – See more at: http://www.share-elsalvador.org/delegations/major-delegations/2015-church-women-commemoration-delegation

Spotlight On: Dan Kasun

SHARE Delegation Experience: 2014 delegate with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton from Wisconsin Read More »


Oscar Romero’s Inspiring Message

April 15, 2015

While thousands of people were celebrating in the life of Monsignor Oscar Romero in El Salvador during the week of March 24th, there were also thousands of people celebrating all over the world. Libby Hyde, a 2014 SHARE delegate from Kansas City, was also commemorating Monsignor Romero with her community. She shares with us here now about Romero and words from Father Abel who visited Kansas City during the Romero celebrations.

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Kansas City Romero Committee with Father Abel. Together to commemorate Romero in March 2015.

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Delegate Reflection: Perspectives

April 13, 2015

The Northwest School from Seattle sent 22 students and 5 teachers to El Salvador at the end of March to learn about El Salvador and commemorate the life of Oscar Romero. One of the students shares her reflection about day 7, the halfway point of the trip.

This morning, after a breakfast of pancakes and what my table mates thought was syrup but turned out to be honey (and in all the commotion we missed the fact that there actually was syrup and it was just on the other far end of the table) we boarded the bus headed for Los Planes. Driving to what our schedule described as “Truth and Dignity Event with ProMemoria and United Nations” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that to attend this meeting would be a huge privilege and this made me as equally nervous as I was excited to be a part of such a serious and important topic. Read More »


Romero’s Legacy: 35 Years Later

March 27, 2015

“We cannot remain quiet in such an unjust world.”

The last week has drawn thousands of people together from around the world to honor the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Monseñor Oscar Romero. From marches to forums to meals shared, the silence of injustice was broken and Romero’s Legacy of Truth, Justice, and Peace lived on in a very tangible, inspiring way.

“We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured.” Read More »


Settling into Flexibility

March 23, 2015

The Northwest School in Seattle sends a delegation of high school students each year to learn about the reality of El Salvador. John Leslie, one of this year’s delegates writes of his first experience in NWS’s sistering community of Husisilapa.

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Students walk through the area around Husisilapa

Today we loaded up the bus and were on our way to Husisilapa. After about an hour of joyous singing we rolled up next to the Husisilapa plaza. As our bus approached I realized that the people in the village were just as excited about our arrival as we were. It was all smiles as they stopped whatever they were doing to welcome us into their community. Read More »


Delegate Spotlight: Silvia

March 17, 2015

Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming Romero Delegation in March!  – See more at: http://www.share-elsalvador.org/delegations/major-delegations 

Spotlight on: Silvia Ramos, presently lives in San Francisco and is originally from Argentina

Major SHARE delegation experience:

I was part of CARECEN San Francisco’s delegation in March 2014 for the Presidential runoff.

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Why did you decide to participate in SHARE’s major delegation?
I was invited by SHARE and CARECEN SF as an International Observer.

What did you gain from the experience? 

Although I had participated in my country several times in this process –in Argentina voting is mandatory for citizens from 18 years old- I never expected such a commitment and passion of elders to be part of the voting process and young Salvadoran citizens volunteering to have everything done right. Read More »


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