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"...a monastic witness of conscience to our fellow citizens of the United States."

Weston Benedictine Monks
Journey to Nicaragua
Winter Retreat, 2001

Managua 1988:
Remembering
our first visit

(ONE OF A SERIES )

In January 1988, the brothers of Weston Priory journeyed to Nicaragua under the guidance of Global Awareness Through Education, a program coordinated by Chess Campbell, a U.S. Presbyterian laywoman on the staff of the Nicaraguan organization CEPAD.

Sign: We Want Peace
A failed hope? Sandinista billboard on
a vacant lot in Managua: 'We want
peace with dignity'
The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) which, in 1979, had overthrown the corrupt Samoza dictatorship after a protracted guerilla war -- was ruling the country. By 1988, the United States-backed Contra War, and the illegal U.S. blockade of Managua harbor, were taking a toll on unity within the country.

The brothers articulated the purpose of their 1988 visit in this way:

  • To express "solidarity and hope to the poor and suffering people of Nicaragua," and
  • To be "a monastic witness of conscience to our fellow citizens of the United States."

Next: The hope of the Sandinista revolution

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