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  •  My Experience in El Salvador

    Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011

     

    Gary Wolf, Father of Michael Wolf Spring 2011
    My main reason for visiting my son Michael in El salvador at the Casa program was somewhat selfish. I wanted to put my arms around him, see that he was well, and safe, and to to tell him that I missed him.
     
    I did all that, but soon realized that I had missed the "bigger picture" of why he was there. Mike had told me before I arrived that this was a life changing experience for him. I soon saw why. 
     
    Attending class with the students, I was able to see that the history, stories and struggles of an evolving culture of oppressed people, were teaching the students how to live through determination, faith and love.
     
    Textbooks and journals play a definite role in the education of the students, but guest speakers provide historical experiences and perspectives of a very dramatic and brave history that is more like a "living book". It created an introspective look at life and social injustice that would leave you speechless.
     
    And then there's Sister Peggy. With a lifetime of hands-on experience working with the Salvadoran people, she unravels theology and helps you to think about, and understand, the meaning of God, without a biased agenda. Enlightening, challenging and absolutely thought provoking. She is a brilliant scholar but also a regular person.
     
    The students' accompaniment at the praxis sites gives authenticity to the program, by creating a bond between each student and the family they spend time with. I'm not qualified to describe the experiences that the students gain from their participation with the families, but I did observe a spirituality and love that has found a forever place in their hearts. I can say that my son Michael has learned to examine his own life and to better understand how to be more truthful to himself and compassionate to others.
     
    The students in this program seem to gel so well together. I'm not sure if the Casa program helps make that happen, or that the caliber of students who choose to participate in this program are just special. I have to believe it's a combination of both. 
     
    We were fortunate to be able to participate in a vigil for Archbishop Oscar Romero, honoring the anniversary of his assassination. All of the students, the families visiting them, and their university leaders and instructors took part in a city-wide celebration of his impact on the people of San Salvador. A very moving experience for all.
     
    Michael is already exploring other worthwhile programs like the Casa de la Solidaridad experience.

     

     

  •  Romero's Vigil Gallery

    Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011

    We want to share a gallery of photos from Romero's vigil. It was celebrated a few weeks ago, but as all of you know, better late than never.

     

     

  •  Thinking about Romero

    Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011

     By Michael Wolf, current Casa student

    The center of San Salvador isn’t exactly the safest place to go walking after dark. Unless, of course, you’re surrounded by two thousand friends and walking in the spirit of El Salvador’s most celebrated martyr.
     
                It’s always a profound experience being part of a mobile mass of people. There’s a kinetic, tangible energy that is often greatly lacking in today individualistic society. It was an especially moving experience once the sun went down. My own body disappeared into the dark of the night and the only evidence of my being was the lit candle I held. The entire highway was a sea of similar lights, bobbing up and down with each collective step like a fleet of ships on the horizon of the ocean. We were all marching towards our own horizon; marked by the largest, most bright orange moon I’ve ever seen.
     
                The moon was like a beacon, like that impossible ideal we must always visualize but seems just out of reach. As it rose, the circle of the moon was the O of Oscar Romero. Here was the evidence. He has risen in his people. He has risen in the Salvadorans marching next to me, for whom his life was dedicated. He has also risen in myself and my fellow students, who have studied his life and have been moved by his example of theology in action.
     
                It was fitting to think of the moon as protection over our peaceful march. Some of Romero’s most dangerous work was publicly broadcasting the names of the disappeared and keeping alive the memory of the martyrs. He died for shouting the truth, but he has not died in vain. Here we were, keeping alive his memory in a nonviolent way, which would have been met with bullets just a handful of years ago.
     
                We need to light these same flames, these same humble candles, in cities and towns all across the world and continue Romero’s struggle everyday.

     

  •  Happy 80th Birthday, Don Chepe!

    Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011

    Don Chepe, Casa's beloved gardener, has been working with the Casa since its first years. On April 10, Don Chepe celebrated his 80th birthday together with his granddaughter who celebrated her 15th birthday. Don Chepe invited the Casa staff be there with him to celebrate his birthday at his home, expressing that the Casa is like family to him. All were thankful to celebrate Don Chepe and amazed that he is still happily working to keep our plants flourishing at the ripe age of 80!

  •  Economic Course visits the National Bank

    Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011

    Carlos Acevedo, professor and president of the National Bank, offered a tour of the National Bank headquarters to the Casa students in the economics course. Mr. Acevedo is a respected economist and professor with a doctorate in Economics, from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, as well as a Ph.D. in Economy, Mathematics, and English from the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He has had a wide experience working in economic and social areas, including working as the deputy coordinator of the Human Development Report of El Salvador for the United Nations.