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Why I’m Coming to El Salvador

July 30, 2015

My wife Mary Alice and I are coming on this pilgrimage to venerate a martyr and undeclared saint, Maura Clarke, MM. I’m coming in the hope of drawing courage from her strength.

I knew Maura back in the late 1970s when we were both members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston–she dedicated, and I uncertain, a conservative trying to think liberally, as I often defined myself.

I didn’t know her well in the sense that we had had long talks together, or that I had invited her to have dinner with the family. But one didn’t have to know her intimately; the smile told you everything. She was genuinely joyous, gentle and affirming–a conciliator when, not infrequently, there were divisive issues being discussed. She listened well, spoke with reason, and always sought to bring peace and good will back to the group while advancing the cause from discussion to action. Read More »

Bio 2 of 4: Sister Ita Ford

July 17, 2015

Four Churchwomen- Ita

Sister Ita Ford (1940-1980)

Ita Ford was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 23,1940. She joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1961 after graduating from Marymount Manhattan College. Only three years later, health problems forced her to leave. After working as an editor for a publishing company for seven years, Ita re-applied and was once again accepted to the Maryknolls. Read More »

Volunteer with Us!

July 16, 2015

SHARE is seeking a volunteer for its El Salvador Office for the position of Communications and Technology Coordinator. The position requires a strong commitment as well as full participation in all SHARE activities so that they can be recorded and then transmitted in the social media, web page, and blog to our partners in the United States. Read More »

CRIPDES Celebrates a New Board

June 24, 2015

Last Saturday, June 13th, SHARE’s partner organization CRIPDES celebrated their 10th General Assembly to welcome new board members. Read More »

28 Years of Solidarity

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd delegation from Kansas City

The Good Shepherd Parish Delegation from Kansas City traveled to El Salvador with a group of 11 delegates in June 2015.

One of the objectives for this trip was to get to know the present and past situation of El Salvador and to live for at least three days with the families in their sistering community of El Buen Pastor in Aguilares, San Salvador.

Upon their arrival to the community, what a surprise! All of the kids were gathered to wait for them at the main entrance of the community and sang three songs to welcome their friends. There is no doubt that the delegation was excited to be received in such creative way. Click to watch the videos. Read More »

Bio 1 of 4: Sister Dorothy Kazel

June 23, 2015

Sister Dorothy Kazel

Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U. (1939-1980)

Dorothea Lu Kazel was born in Cleveland on June 30,1939, to Lithuanian-American parents, Joseph and Malvina Kazel.

Feeling called to a devoted religious life, Dorothy left her family and fiancé to join the Cleveland Ursuline Sisters in 1960.

After years of teaching in local high schools and a transformative missionary experience, in 1967 Dorothy joined the Cleveland Latin American Mission (CLAM).

During a 1968 retreat, Dorothy proclaimed that she wanted to be remembered as, “an alleluia from head to toe.” According to her retreat notes, she also showed determination to, “…accept the person I am with all my weaknesses and not to pretend that I don’t have them; that I may accept the fact that I am human and with this human nature to strive to become as perfect and loving a woman, Christian, and religious that I can be.” Read More »

Investing in Futures of Hope

Two scholarship funders, Paul Kendall and Sharon Rives have supported scholarships through SHARE for many years and still attend every graduation. Recently, we were honored with Paul´s visit which included meeting new scholarship recipients and their families, spending time with CRIPDES leaders, attending University graduations, meeting with former scholarship recipients who are now graduated, and last but not least, to evaluate how the program is going and discuss its future.

Paul Kendall Visit

Paul with UCRES high school students

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Reflection on the Beatification of Archbishop Romero; Its Meaning Today

June 12, 2015

Written by SHARE board member Jean Stokan on May 24, 2015

Romero crowdAfter decades of work on El Salvador, yesterday’s event ofthe beatification of Romero consumed me.  I watched the ceremony live streamed from El S, the formal Church service, and coupled that with watching several DVDs of the war years from the perspective of el pueblo.  My husband, Scott Wright, and a host of friends from the US went down for the events, and to be with the people’s celebration in the streets.  Estimates range from a quarter to a half million people gathered.  Rep. Jim McGovern went as well.   Mercy Sister Betty Campbell, a friend who together with Carmelite priest Peter Hinde had been in El Salvador in the early 80s and seeded much solidarity, attended the beatification, and she emailed me this morning.  Reflecting on the day before, she wrote: “The sermons were pretty words, but not the essentials, no clear words of why San Romero was killed….Please pray that the Amnesty Law is lifted and past crimes are recognized…It is like the USA, when we recognize our crimes of war, of poverty and bring those responsible to recognize what they did and what is being done, what we participate in, then we will be able to have a new society”. Read More »

35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan

May 15, 2015


Dear brothers and sisters,

SHARE El Salvador and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, LCWR are inviting you to help us organize the 35th anniversary delegation to El Salvador to celebrate the lives of Ita, Maura, Dorothy, Jean, Carla and all the martyrs. Delegation dates: November 28 to December 5. Read More »

Food and Water: Human Rights? Not yet.

April 30, 2015

As April comes to a close, so does a hotly debated issue. The amendment to Article 69, that would define food and water as human rights, failed in El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly. But not all hope is lost.

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