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Celebrations of the American Churchwomen

December 16, 2013

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.

Altar Commemorating the American Churchwomen

Altar Commemorating the American Churchwomen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 »


Will Latin-American-U.S. Relationship Endure?

January 23, 2013

Women and men from the U.S. began standing with the people of El Salvador three decades ago, and many have never waned in their devotion to those they call brothers and sisters in this beloved nation. As a staff member who traveled with over 60 Catholic sisters and lay people on a delegation this past December, I have witnessed the enduring love so many people demonstrate to Salvadorans every year through SHARE and our partners.

SHARE works with Madre Guadalupe (center) and the Mothers of the Disappeared with Promemoria Historica for the Campaign for Truth, Justice, and Memory

SHARE works with Madre Guadalupe (center) and the Mothers of the Disappeared with Promemoria Historica for the Campaign for Truth, Justice, and Memory

According to an article from America Magazine, however, concern for Latin America seems to be dwindling for the U.S. churches and greater society as a whole. The lack of the Church’s attention to Latin American issues indicates a greater problem: the current U.S. solidarity movement with Latin America is significantly less powerful than it once was.

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“They Were Exposed to the Face of God”: HWR Delegation Reflections

December 17, 2012


Honoring Women Religious: Our Journey in Photos

December 3, 2012

The women of the LCWR are honored during the Patron Saint Festivals in El Puerto De Libertad. Members of the Women’s Center in La Libertad included images of Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean in the mural they are painting on the side of the women’s center.

 


The Cumbia music was too good to resist. Women Religious take a dance break at the Puerto de La Libertad.

 

Women Religious in front of the chapel built on the site where the four church women were found. We celebrated mass there with the community on December 2nd, the 32 anniversary of their death.

 

Sister Claire Morrissey, CSJ receives an award honoring her work at the chapel.


HWR Dec. Delegation First Photos

December 2, 2012

 

 

65 delegates. 6 days. Two missing suitcases. Celebrating life, togetherness, justice, and the people of El Salvador, past and present.

Please, check out the short slideshow to share in a few moments from the past two days!


Support through Sisterhood

October 1, 2012

About 1,800 miles separate Good Shepherd Parish of Shawnee, KS from the small, rural community of El Buen Pastor, nestled in the hills of El Salvador. The two communities differ in language, size, culture and way of life. Most people in El Buen Pastor have never seen snow, while most Good Shepherd parishioners have never tasted a papusa. Most people in El Buen Pastor can’t drive a stick shift, while most Good Shepherd parishioners can’t milk a cow. Despite these differences, anyone at Good Shepherd will tell you that the people of El Buen Pastor are anything but strangers. They’re brothers and sisters. This June, the family celebrated 25 years of solidarity, support and love.

 It’s a story any eighth-grader at Good Shepherd could tell you. The El Buen Pastor community began in two refugee camps in San Salvador. The people lived in shanties made of sticks and tarps constructed on garbage dumps or in the basements of churches. The people were in constant fear of violence from the military. They had little running water, little electricity, poor health care, little access to education. But the people never lost hope and out of the darkness of war came new hope, new life and new roots.

 “They always told me, ‘I may not know peace and freedom, my children may not know peace and freedom, but I know that my grandchildren will experience peace and freedom,’” said Father George Seuferling, a former pastor of Good Shepherd who has traveled to El Salvador many times since the very first delegation in 1987. In the midst of the war, Good Shepherd sent a delegation to the country. On Aug. 23, 1987, the community of Tres Ceibas (now El Buen Pastor) and Good Shepherd joined in a sistering relationship. Over the past 25 years, the two communities have walked together in solidarity. This June, seven parishioners from Good Shepherd traveled to the community to celebrate that bond.

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Spain Demands that El Salvador extradite military personnel processed for the massacre of the Jesuits

December 9, 2011

The Council of Ministers also resolved to request that the United States of America extradite the two other military personnel accused in the killing who reside in that country. One of the defense lawyers said that the call for extradition does not worry them because they are certain that the Supreme Court of Justice will deny the request.

Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ

By Efren Lemus
elfaro.net / Published December 2,  2011
Translated by Bethany Loberg.  Original in Spanish here

This Friday the Spanish Council of Ministers agreed to request that Salvadoran and U.S. authorities extradite 15 Salvadoran military personnel accused of participating in the assassination of six Jesuit priests and two of their collaborators, a crime which occurred the 16th of November of 1989. 

Europa Press stated that in accordance with the proposal of the Spanish Minister of Justice, Francisco Caamaño, the Spanish government has emitted 13 requests for extradition from El Salvador and two from the United States. Caamaño presented the application for extradition at the request of the Supreme Court, the institution prosecuting the military personnel for the crimes of assassination, terrorism, and crimes against humanity.   Read More »


How Do You Begin to Forgive? A Reflection on Reconciliation

September 13, 2011

“How can forgiveness begin when those who are responsible for these crimes have been granted impunity by the Amnesty Law? Bishop Chavez said that in order for peace to come, the Salvadoran people should seek truth and justice with the intention of purifying the memory of those who were killed or disappeared.”

Bishop Rosa Chávez also told us that in order to bring about change in El Salvador, we must change our own reality, and first bring about change in our own country. Near the end of the meeting, he left us with some powerful words: “We are one human family. We are saved or lost together, that is the only path.”

The following reflection on meeting Monseñor Rosa Chavez was written by Anna Kincaid, a member of Good Shepard Parish in Shawnee, KS, who participated in a SHARE delegation this June.

While in El Salvador, the Good Shepherd delegation from Shawnee, Kansas had the opportunity to meet with the Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez.  Just before meeting with him, our delegation had visited the Monument to Memory and Truth.  We heard the stories of two women who had several family members’ names on the wall who were killed during the civil conflict.  Again, in the meeting with the bishop, the pain from the war that the Salvadoran people still feel was reinforced because he mainly spoke about the process of reconciliation following the war. 

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Why the Four US Churchwomen are Important Today

December 15, 2010

On December 5th, St John Francis Regis, a long-time SHARE sister in Kansas City, MO, hosted a prayer service in commemoration of the four US churchwomen killed in El Salvador 30 years ago.  Over 200 people attended a service that included processions, prayers and a powerful reflection by Sr. Mary McGlone. You can read the story about the event on a local newspaper’s website.

Father Tom Holder reflects on the date:I believe there are several reasons why the commemoration is still important today. There is still work to be done and we need to remember the commitment and courage of the four churchwomen to give us strength to do the hard work of justice. We need to make sure the younger generation has a sense of the real history of the region and the ability our country has to influence things, both in good and bad ways. In the Kansas City area, there are growing numbers of Salvadoran immigrants. They are here because they still suffer hardship and persecution. We need to hear the stories so that we can continue to be in solidarity with the people of El Salvador. The four churchwomen teach us the importance of putting a face on the issues. They inspire us by their example and call us to see the people of El Salvador as our brothers and sisters.


Catholic Church presents 300,000 signatures against equality

April 25, 2009

The Catholic Church presented El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly with 300,000 signatures of people who are in favor of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman. Only 56 votes are needed to approve the amendment, and all but one political party (FMLN) have stated their support for the amendment. The Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas (left), stated that the legislation would not discriminate against homosexual relationships. Instead, the legislation would serve to “safeguard the good of the family, the good of matrimony, and the good of society.” He further stated, “We want to put up padlocks so that society’s values are firm.” Read More »


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