Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Honoring Women Religious – Felician Sisters Journal

Participants in the delegation to Honor Women Religious visited Divine Providence Hospital Chapel on Friday, November 30, the site where Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980.
The group stood in reverential silence at the very spot at the altar where he was shot.  S Maryann Agnes Mueller wrote: “This has been such a beautiful experience!”
On Saturday, December 1, the group traveled two and a half hours to a rural community where sisters from the Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) congregation prepared a memorial prayer service followed by a program.  This consisted of testimonies of women who knew the martyred women, of women who received scholarships and now are community leaders and three dances by a young dance group.
On the actual anniversary of the death of the four churchwomen, December 2, the delegation traveled in silence to the rural area where the bodies were found. A monument and chapel have been built on the site. After a short memorial service, the delegation joined the local folk in the chapel for Mass for the first Sunday of Advent.  Rather than the traditional violet vestments worn during Advent, the celebrant wore red vestments.
S Nancy and S Maryann arranged for Mass to be offered for all Felician Sisters at the holy ground where the churchwomen died as well as at the chapel where Archbishop Romero was assassinated.

A monument near the small chapel reads: “Catholic missionaries Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan and Ita Ford gave up their lives on December 2, 1980. Receive them into your kingdom.

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2 thoughts on “Honoring Women Religious – Felician Sisters Journal

  1. Life can never be the same for the 53 of us who were part of the PIlgrimage/Delegation. To be with the people who have “risen up” from the horror of the atrocities inflicted upon them and their loved ones during the civil war made us realize how Jean and the three Sisters gave hope and courage during the war days by accompanying the people and doing what Jesus would do. They are not only not forgotten, but continue to be an inspiration for the people to work for human dignity, human rights and continual upbulding of the reign of God!

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