A prophetic voice

“…what is most fundamental is the courage not to turn away from the eyes of the poor but to allow them to break our heart and shatter our world, to let them share with us how their children suffered preventable early deaths, how they spent the winter without heat, how their whole village has never seen a doctor.”

Dean Brackley, S.J.

Yesterday, October 16, Jesuit Father Dean Brackley died of cancer in El Salvador.

Fr. Dean had left the US in 1990 to join the faculty of the Salvadoran Jesuit Central American University to help “replace” the Jesuits who were killed these in November 1989 by Salvadoran government forces.

Dean became an important life of the university community and the parishes he served. He also became the bridge and interpreter for many who came to visit El Salvador. He was also a friend with whom I occasionally corresponded.

Dean wrote an impressive book which I highly recommend: The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola.  It has also been translated into Spanish: Espiritualidad para la solidaridad: nuevas perspectivas ignacianas.  It makes the Spiritual Exercises real for the twentieth century – for “our tribe” of North Americans, as he put it.

He will be missed for being the prophetic voice he was. But he lives in the Lord.

Pray for us, all you holy prophets and witnesses.

One response to “A prophetic voice

  1. Thanks, John, for sharing the news of Dean’s passing. I had the opportunity to hear him during a visit UCA in 2005 with a delegation arranged through the Chicago Religious Leadership Network. He will be missed.

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