Holy Martyrs Catholic Church

Our El Salvador Connection


Holy Martyrs Church has begun a ministry to the people of El Salvador, a place with a special connection to our parish. The name recognizes modern-day martyrs, particularly Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated while celebrating Mass in San Salvador. His death in 1980 inspired the name of our new church, which was founded that same year.

Later that year, four churchwomen – Sr. Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan, Sr. Ita Ford and Sr. Maura Clarke – who were serving in El Salvador were also killed. Since that time, Holy Martyrs Church has embraced each of them and Oscar Romero as the special martyrs that have given our parish its name. The women are profiled on the walls of four rooms on the mezzanine level above our Gathering Area and our small chapel is named for Archbishop Romero.

In March 2011, a group of eight parishioners traveled to El Salvador to begin connecting with its history and people. One of the travelers, Ken Kuruc, called the trip a life-altering experience. “While the people may lack physical or material possessions, they are full of the Spirit. The place of the Lord in their lives is central and openly shown… The ugly events and history must still be very real for many of the people. It is wonderful to see that the young people have not abandoned their faith. Instead, it seems to have even gained strength with the passing of their bishop and companion martyrs.”

Holy Martyrs has formed a new committee to focus on developing a deeper and long-lasting sense of mission and ministry to the people of El Salvador. This committee will determine how our community can best journey with the people of El Salvador. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact Janet Payton.

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