Women Religious Travel to El Salvador for the 35 Anniversary of Martyred U.S. Churchwomen

On November 28, 2015 a delegation of 100 women religious and supporters will travel to El Salvador to mark the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of four U.S. missionaries who were assassinated by the Salvadoran military for their advocacy on behalf of refugees and the poor. Participating in the delegation are four Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, two of their associates, a Sister of Charity of Halifax from Boston, and others from the greater Boston area.

The delegation is sponsored by SHARE El Salvador and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

After 35 years justice remains to be obtained for the murders of the 4 women and the thousands of Salvadorans killed during t he war. The delegation will include a pilgrimage to the martyrdom site of the four churchwomen to hear first-hand testimonies by people who knew them as well as meetings with grassroots movement leaders, human rights defenders, and mothers of the disappeared. The delegation will also explore root causes of migration to the U.S. and the current challenges impoverished communities face, including increasing violence.

“Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean were our sisters; to this day we remember their service and we honor their sacrifice,” says LC WR President Marcia Allen, CSJ. “It will be a privilege to represent LCWR in a delegation of women religious; to walk the land they walked and to remember yet again the gift they were to the people of El Salvador—the people with whom they shared God’s love.”

“We want to remember Ita, Maura, Dorothy and Jean alive in the struggle of women,” says SHARE El Salvador Executive Director Jose Artiga. “We carry their spirits forward by supporting women’s vegetable gardens, education for girls, human rig hts advocates, and women running for political office. This delegation is a special opportunity to remind ourselves of the champions who are leading their communities toward a future of justice.”

The delegation will be in El Salvador from November 28 to December 5, 2015.