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

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

Day 5

S Nancy Marie Jamroz and S Maryann Agnes Mueller wrote that the pilgrimage group traveled by bus to the mountainous rural area of Chalatanango where Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke worked and are buried.

On the morning of Day Five, two women addressed the group explaining the progress made by Salvadoran women’s advocacy groups. A visit to the San Salvador Cathedral where the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero is located followed.

After a two and a half hour bus ride, they arrived at the mountain area where the Maryknoll Sisters worked. A number of townspeople bearing welcome banners met them at the Cathedral where they entered the church for Mass.

An offertory procession including photographs of the four martyred churchwomen, Oscar Romero and a banner with thousands of photographs of those disappeared or killed during the war again brought home the tragic impact of the 12 year civil war. A procession to the graves of Sisters Ita and Maura followed. The evening ended with a candlelight procession to the village pavilion for a welcome from the mayor and testimonies from two women who knew the sisters.

Sister Nancy said, “This is certainly a faith journey and conversion experience. Thinking of you and taking you with us wherever we go.”

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