Celebrations of the American Churchwomen
The week of December 2nd dozens of women religious, lay leaders, college students, and people in solidarity from across the country gathered to remember the five martyred churchwomen: Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan, and Carla Piette.
In the San Francisco Bay Area Lyn Kirkconnell, a former Maryknoll Missioner who was serving in Peru at the time of their deaths, shared the following reflection:
It is not easy to paint a picture of the horror and brutality experienced and witnessed daily by the people of El Salvador in 1980. Indeed, why should we keep looking at that fateful year 33 years later? And why look at events in such a tiny country in the middle of Central America?
It is because El Salvador is a microcosm of our world; it is because what happened there, several decades ago, represents the worst and the best of humankind. During my brief, but poignant 10-day visit last year with the SHARE-LCWR delegation, I was reminded over and over again of a monument I saw when I was a young student in Paris. This is the Memorial of the Deported Martyrs behind Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cité. This memorial was dedicated in 1962 to the 200,000 Jewish people deported during WWII, handed over to the Nazis to be used, abused and thrown away. You descend the stairs to the entrance to this memorial. Inside a small room, you view a long tunnel-like structure with the names of the deported and with a light symbolizing each life. As you leave, etched in stone over the doorway, are the words: “Pardonne; N’oublie pas…” “Forgive; Do not forget…” Read More »