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 frequently, so come back and visit this page often!

Remembering with Compassion

NEW!! CLICK HERE to watch Beaumont School's production - "A Way to Serve: Dorothy Kazel, a Biodrama" 

A beautiful way to end this special day. 40 seconds of silence brought to us from our sponsored institution, VASJ:  CLICK HERE

To view the recording of the December 2nd commemorative Mass at Beaumont School, visit the Sister Dorothy Kazel remembrance page of their website by clicking HERE.  And FYI, they will be adding more content to that page during the month of December.

 Pope Francis turns his thoughts to the missionaries in his General Audience today. CLICK HERE to read more.

Urban Community School is hosting a Prayer Service December 2, at 10:00 am honoring the Missionaries. CLICK HERE for a ZOOM link  

CLICK HERE to view a list of December 2 events planned all over the world!

Pray with the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland for the 40th Anniversary.  CLICK HERE for a Prayer Service.  We are suggesting the evening of Dec. 1st for this prayer when the sisters will be gathering in the Chapel.

Click Here to learn about an Ursuline College ZOOM event to be held December 2 at noon. Click Here for the zoom link to attend.

Click Here for information about a free webinar to be held Dec. 2, 2020 Wednesday, 4-5 PM, EST Sponsored by the Gospel Nonviolence Working Group, AUSCP. Ursuline Sisters Cynthia Glavac and Martha Owen will two of the presenters.  Click Here to join the webinar.

NEW! Click Here  to view a video from the Maryknoll Sisters. The video includes a presentation by our own Sister Sheila Marie Tobbe.

Click Here to read a biographical essay on Sister Dorothy Kazel’s life from the book: In Love, in Faith, in Solidarity written by Sister Cynthia Glavac, OSU. 

Click Here to read:  “The Spiritual Journeys of the Four Churchwomen" by: Edward T. and Donna Whitson Brett with permission of the U.S. Catholic Historian and the Catholic University of America Press.

CLICK HERE to hear Bishop Anthony Pilla reflect on the death and funeral of Sister Dorothy Kazel. 


Click the photo above 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


Saturdays with the Saints: Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador

Click the above title to view 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 experiences 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 resources 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 (jose@share-elsalvador.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.