MIA Prayer Intention: Commemorating the Churchwomen of El Salvador
Thirty-five years ago today, (2 December, 1980) Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, and lay missionary Jean Donovan were martyred in El Salvador where they were living and working with the most vulnerable Salvadoran communities.
L-r: Maura Clarke M.M., Ita Ford M.M., Dorothy Kazel O.S.U, Jean Donovan
On 28 November, 2015, in cooperation between LCWR and SHARE a delegation of 100 women religious and supporters travelled to El Salvador to mark the 35th anniversary. Included in that group are seven Sisters of Mercy and the Director of the Sisters of Mercy Institute justice team, Jean Stokan. More about the Mercy presence in the delegation can be read here
This anniversary invites us to pray with the deceased and the living in gratitude for the witness of these martyrs; in memory of the more than 70,000 persons who perished during the El Salvadoran civil war and for the safety of all those women and men who, daily, put their lives on the line in service of God's people.
'Killed in El Salvador: An American Story' produced by the NY Times in 2014, can be viewed here (13:21)
Images: Maryknoll Sisters