Calavera

In memory of our friend Rufina

The following is an excerpt from the book "Cry of the people" by Penny Lernoux, published by Penguin. We remember her as she passed from this world this week.

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Mozote: Crucifixion of the Salvadoran People

More than 1,000 men, women and children were killed on December 12 and 13, 1981 in the massacre at Mozote, in the Department of Morazán. The massacre was committed by the Atlacatl Battalion, an elite Army unit trained in counterinsurgency by the U.S. government.

The following is the testimony of a 41- year-old woman, Rufina, the only witness to the massacre.

The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2007

John and Katy Easley's presentation on their trip to Calavera with the Saint Mary delegation:

Letter to Friends

Father Tom Royer
Letter to Friends
June, 2006

I have just finished a report on the last three delegations. I have a strong commitment to keep telling the story of sister communities to keep us mindful of them lest they fade from our concern. Besides helping us understand the struggle of our Salvadoran friends, the delegations give us a small taste of the challenges that face the missionaries and volunteers who live and work among the poor of the world. They have to live and adjust to a different climate and living conditions in far off places. But more, some have had to confront serious dangers in their commitment to accompany the people.

THREE DELEGATIONS TO CALAVERA, EL SALVADOR

THREE DELEGATIONS TO CALAVERA, EL SALVADOR
A REPORT BY FATHER TOM ROYER

JULY 2-11, 2005

This delegation included seven who traveled from the U.S., and another two Northamericans, working at CEBES in San Salvador, who joined us there.
Mary Beth Appel, a nurse practitioner from Philadelphia, Kathryn Waldyke, a doctor from Champaign, and Sheila Gillette, a nurse practitioner from Champaign ran the medical clinics. Abel Montoya from Urbana, who works in the Office of Admissions at the University, Josie Beavers, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois, and Andrea Drew, a teacher from Chicago were our interpreters. Joining us from CEBES were Karen McClendon Sikic, an interpreter who is a student at the University of Chicago, and Richie Carter, a recent graduate from Boston College. This was Mary Beth’s fourth delegation. Father Tom Royer did pastoral work.

On Walking towards the Kingdom of God: Lessons from Calavera

On Walking towards the Kingdom of God: Lessons from Calavera

By Karen McClendon Siki

Being part of the 2005 Delegation was one of those rare coincidences – or perhaps acts of fate – for which one must be eternally grateful. Having arrived in San Salvador nearly one month before the delegation was set to leave, I was in the country to research Christian Base Communities as part of my Senior Thesis. Joining the delegation had neither been planned nor anticipated, but fell peacefully on my lap as an opportunity ripe for the taking. Journeying to Morazan has truly marked my heart. Firsthand I saw the efforts of a people who work relentlessly to improve their lives and walk closer in faith. The dedication of this delegation too has marked me, as they showed me how two worlds convene in one large act of faith and solidarity. It is an experience that has illuminated my work, my research, my life.

Fr. Tom’s July 2004 Calavera Report

REPRESENTING ST. MARY CHURCH, CHAMPAIGN
ST. BONIFACE CHURCH, SEYMOUR
PROVENA COVENANT MEDICAL CENTER, URBANA
A REPORT BY FATHER TOM ROYER

Homily about Calavera trip

Father Tom’s Homily

Homily about Calavera trip

June 2004

Our delegation returned from nine days in El Salvador early last
Monday morning. It was an excellent delegation representing St. Mary, St.
Boniface and Provena Hospital to the people in the mountains of eastern
El Salvador.
Last year I asked each of the five settlements to give us a
blessing. So at the Mass in each of the settlements, someone from
that community
laid hands on my head to give me a blessing which I brought back to our
communities in the U.S. This year I asked for a more specific blessing

Fr. Tom's July 2003 Calavera Report

DELEGATION TO CALAVERA, EL SALVADOR, JUNE 27 - JULY 6, 2003
REPRESENTING ST. MARY CHURCH, CHAMPAIGN
ST. BONIFACE CHURCH, SEYMOUR
PROVENA COVENANT MEDICAL CENTER, URBANA
A REPORT BY FATHER TOM ROYER

1. THE DELEGATION Our Sister Community, called Calavera, is five
settlements in the one
of the most impoverished areas of El Salvador. It is in the northern
section of the Department of Morazan, next to the Honduran border. The
five
settlements are Gimilile, El Salamo, El Rusio, San Miguelito and
Guachipilin. St. Mary began its sister relationship with Calavera
in 1989. This and other sister relationships between El Salvador and

Fr. Tom's July 2002 Calavera Report

DELEGATION TO CALAVERA, EL SALVADOR,
JUNE 28-JULY 7, 2002, REPRESENTING ST. MARY, CHAMPAIGN

PROVENA HOSPITAL, URBANA AND ST. BONIFACE, SEYMOUR

A REPORT BY FATHER TOM ROYER

In the eleven years of our annual delegations some traditions have
developed. One of these has been the wonderful variety of celebrations of
welcome in each of the five settlements. There are speeches, applause,
music, posters, dances and dramas by the students. The people obviously
spend much time and effort to let us know how much they appreciate
our visits. A teacher in one of the settlements told us this year:

Informal Calavera report, July 2002

Hi Folks,
We’re back from another wonderful visit with our sister community. How is it possible that every delegation seems to get better and better? This delegation was possibly the most efficient ever. I could barely keep up. We actually found ourselves standing around and waiting for breakfast at times. Now, that’s a first!

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