The New York Province of the Society of Jesus has just sent us this notice of a memorial for Dean Brackley, S.J.:
Memorial Gathering for Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J. and the UCA Martyrs in El Salvador
On Wednesday, November 16th at 6 PM, the New York Province of the Society of Jesus and Fordham University will host a memorial mass in the Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill campus to honor the life and work of Father Dean Brackley, S.J., who died on October 16th in El Salvador. Formerly of the New York Province, Fr. Brackley worked for nearly 10 years in the South Bronx and a year teaching at Fordham. Fr. Brackley volunteered in 1990 to go to El Salvador to continue the work of the six Jesuit priests and two women at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) who had been murdered. Fr. Brackley served as a professor, academic administrator, and pastoral minister to students and poor communities in El Salvador for the remainder of his life. Fr. Brackley’s funeral was held in the chapel at the UCA, and he was buried in El Salvador, according to his own wishes. The memorial mass at Fordham University will take place on the 22nd anniversary of the death of the six UCA Jesuits and their companions. The mass will be followed by a community reflection and reception where guests will have an opportunity to share their memories of Fr. Brackley. This memorial is open to the public. Please contact Nick Napolitano with any questions.
James Martin, SJ