The bodies of the Maryknoll sisters, Clarke and Ford, were buried in , in keeping with Maryknoll practice. Why can't I just be your little suburban housewife? Murders Kazel and Donovan, who were based in , drove to on the afternoon of December 2 to pick up two Maryknoll Sisters returning from a Maryknoll conference in ,. Westport is a long way, both literally and figuratively, from El Salvador. Salvadoran Archbishop , the voice of the voiceless, condemned the violence. On 24 February 2012, however, a Federal immigration judge cleared the way for the deportation of Vides Casanova after the General was held liable for various war crimes which occurred under his command. The five members of the National Guard of El Salvador, out of uniform, stopped the vehicle they were driving after they left the airport in San Salvador.
These women made choices to live lives of compassion and love for others. Today, 35 years later, we remember. We seek truth and justice so as to break the impunity and violence that continues to wreak havoc in El Salvador and in our world; a violence that creates intractable unemployment, extortion, the lack of opportunity and forced migration. Jean accompanied a refugee community in La Libertad and was providing nutrition, shelter and transportation to communities facing devastation during the war. Christ dealt with it in very simple terms. The narrative displays Donovan's sunny personality in the context of her somber spiritual journey, with emphasis on the last months of her life. Acting on orders from their commander, five National Guard members changed into plainclothes and continued to stake out the airport.
They invite us to accompany the people, to share in the cross and light the way to a new day when all will know love and justice. If the free West really wants to contain communism worldwide, then it must attack injustice. Donovan's body was returned to her parents in , while Kazel's was taken back to her hometown of Cleveland, where she was buried in All Souls Cemetery in. That's what makes them special and that's what we honor 35 years later — their lives and choices, not their violent deaths. Their plan was to persuade the justices to put on trial the country's civilian government.
In March, 1996, a one-woman play written by Lisa Wagner premiered in Kansas City and then went on a national tour which included a month in Chicago. Jean Donovan was a lay American woman who went to El Salvador in 1977. Their father was an executive at United Technologies, working at the nearby Sikorsky Aircraft plant, a supplier of helicopters for the military. . Prosecuting the intellectual authors of the high-profile case of the sisters not only grants a measure of resolution to those who knew and loved them, but it is a critical step toward breaking the cycle of violence and impunity that plagues El Salvador today. Now I must assess my own position because I am not up for suicide.
During my childhood, my parents always took my sister and I to a church service on December 31, and the sacred space, music, and silence always provided the backdrop for quiet remembrance and contemplation. Like stars in the night sky, Ita, Maura, Dorothy and Jean continue to shine. For us, the deaths of Oscar Romero, Jean Donovan, the 70,000 people killed in the Salvadoran Civil War and every person killed at the hands of violence in our age, call us to action. Some of the thousands of names on the memorial wall in Cuscatlan Park. Ita was a diminutive woman and with typical Salvadoran machismo the general ignored her. She could have made this point through any number of violent incidents.
Catholicism portal On December 2, 1980, four Catholic missionaries from the United States working in were raped and murdered by five members of the. It's very tragic and depressing but also a very important and well-written story that questions sacrifice and gives a glimpse into the selfless lives of these women in a sad yet inspirational way. Roses in December, the film she co-produced and directed about Jean Donovan, received an Emmy nomination, a Christopher Award, and was the basis for this book. In her heart of hearts, death no longer had dominion. We recognize the first signs of a painful birthing of a new civilization.
It is almost reminiscent to Thomas Hauser's fantastic nonfiction book, Missing, about the abduction and murder of journalist Charles Horman-an American-during the coup of Marxist president Salvatore Allende. The night of December 2, 1980, in the same year as the martyrdom of Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the guanacaste tree listened, the final witness to the martyrdom of four beautiful gospel women who dedicated their lives to the poor of El Salvador. She has a Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. This experience called me to the present and connected me to the honored women in a very special way. A violence that separates families and compels mothers and children to brave the treacherous journey north. The shallow grave was exhumed the next day, on Thursday, December 4, in front of fifteen reporters, Sisters Alexander and Dorsey and several missioners, and Ambassador White.
She is wearing a cable-knit sweater, her blond hair cut short in a bob. Fellows seeking support with this process should contact , Senior Program Director for Student Engagement and Special Projects. I entered the chapel but felt overwhelmed by the crush of people, and as I tried to find some outside space I was moving slowly through the crowd. Vides Casanova was then deported back to El Salvador on April 8, 2015. It is a tale for our time, a narrative of emotional and spiritual growth that led Jean Donovan at age twenty-five to decide to dedicate her life to the poor. She was not a saint or a hero. As we remember these great churchwomen and do what we can for justice and peace, I think -- as Ita wrote of Carla -- our lives too will be filled with meaning.
She was called to lose her life, in order to find it. The murder of Jean Donovan and her fellow churchwomen by Salvadoran troops in 1980 made headlines around the world. The horror they witnessed every day is hard to imagine. Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, Ursuline Sr. The book, which is a derivative or offshoot of the award-winning documentary on Jean Donovan-Roses in December-will make readers question their priorities in life, as it should; it will jar the consciousness of what is and isn't acceptable when it comes to human suffering. And he said the truth will make people free. Unusually, perhaps, an official investigation was ordered; predictably, no charges were brought against any of the army chiefs who ordered the massacre.
This year, our delegation retraced the route from the airport road that took the four women to their deaths. Catholic activists protested against the junta's oppression of impoverished citizens. They were people who made difficult choices — choices we can all make in our lives, but rarely do. Life Jean Donovan was born to Patricia and Raymond Donovan, s who raised her in an upper middle-class home in Westport, Connecticut. She was inspired by his radical compassion. The torrent left her not only physically injured, but emotionally devastated. Ambassador to El Salvador, Robert White the same day.