On December 2 1980, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, and lay missionary Jean Donovan were abducted and murdered by Salvadoran guardsmen. The murders inspired the Ursulines’ 1999 corporate stance calling for the closing of the U.S. Army School of the Americas that trained officers who ordered the killings. As we commemorate this 40th anniversary, we are remembering with compassion, transforming through contemplation and recommitting to justice.
As the anniversary date draws near we will be adding events and information frequantly, so come back and visit this page often!
Remembering with Compassion
Click the photo below to view a video.
The audio above was taken from a panel discussion entiltled "The Witness and Legacy of Dorothy Kazel, OSU"
April, 2016, The University of Notre Dame,
Moderator Maureen Doyle, OSU
Panelists: Martha Owen, OSU, Rose Elizabeth Terrell, OSU and Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU
To view the entire presentation visit: https://youtu.be/Z8VY1gK8lts
Click the above title to veiw an informative and powerful YouTube Presentation by Margie Pheil.
Dr. Margaret R. Pfeil holds a joint appointment in the Department of Theology and the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame and is a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
"In Her Own Words" is short film produced by our Sr. Martha Mooney's grand nephews, Jack, Andrew, and Matt Arehart, in May 2019. In the film you'll hear Dorothy describe her experinces in El Salvador: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYf1alnRZg. The film is a trailer to what will be a full length documentary in the future.
Transforming through Contemplation
Click the green button below and browse through an Ursuline Sisters News from 2015. As you read you will discover how our sisters who served in El Salvador were transformed by their work, the Salvadoran people and the life and death of Dorothy Kazel.
Great Resorces from LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious):
We hope to commemorate the lives of the Roses in December martyrs by hosting 40 remembrances in 40 cities to mark the 40thanniversary. The SHARE Foundation is collecting brief descriptions of local events. Send details to (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be counted among the 40.
A Roses in December toolkit to help with local organizing is now available on the SHARE El Salvador website. The toolkit includes: the story of the four church women; background on El Salvador; ideas for the celebration; a prayer service; ideas for action and advocacy; media suggestions; and a list of resources.
Recommitting to Justice
Memory and Resistance: 40th Anniversary of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia
Memory and Resistance is a juried art exhibition that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia (IRTF). IRTF was formed in response to the deaths of four Churchwomen. CLICK HERE to view the exhibit.
An IRTF (InterReligious Task Force) Event
Sunday, Nov 15 - Commemoration of the Martyrs of Central America & Colombia Online event Click here for save-the-date.
Come back and visit this page in the weeks ahead to view more upcoming events giving you the opportuniy to join us in our commitment to justice.