Spirituality Plus Lunch:
"Roses in December"
A 20 Year Remembrance of the Murders 
of Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

Thursday, November 30, 2000
11:30 a.m.
Skutt Student Center - Ballroom Center

View the documentary
"Roses in December" 
(approximately 50 min.), 
followed by discussion/comments 
for those who can stay.

A light lunch will be served at no cost.

Come for all or any part of the program you can attend.

Roses in December:
"On December 2, 1980 lay missioner Jean Donovan and three American nuns were brutally murdered by members of El Salvador's security force. With compassion and sensitivity, the film chronicles Jean's brief life from her affluent childhood in Connecticut, to her decision to volunteer with Maryknolls in El Salvador, to her tragic death. This award winning work is both an eloquent memorial to the commitment of this courageous young woman and a powerful indictment of U.S. foreign policy in Central America."

Jean Donovan

Sr. Ita Ford

Sr. Maura Clark

Sr. Dorothy Kazel

Learn more about the Churchwomen killed in El Salvador in 1980 on these links:

A Timeline History of El Salvador
A brief overview of the U.S. involvement in El Salvador from 1883 to the present.

Religious Task Force on Central America
A web site that provides biographies of each of the four women as well as details on other American martyrs in El Salvador such as Oscar Romero and the six Jesuits, the cook and her daughter. 

Maryknoll Sisters Web site
Both Ita Ford and Maura Clark were Maryknoll Sisters and their community web site includes background on the four women as well as information on the Memorial Service in their memory set for December 2, 2000.

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
An in-depth look at the life of  Dorothy Kazel, who was an Ursuline sister and one of the four Churchwomen martyred in El Salvador in 1980. 

Mission to El Salvador
A history of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's longstanding commitment to its mission in El Salvador, and the four US churchwomen who were part of that program.

Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
Link to the legal summary of the investigation and trials about these murders.

USA Today: "Salvadoran: Officers Wanted Women Slain"  
A headline summary of a story from October 21, 2000.

Naples Daily News: "Ex-Salvadoran Generals Face Palm Beach Trial for Nuns' Deaths
Story from October 9, 2000 of trial for Salvadoran Generals.

The London Guardian: "Families of Slain Nuns in Court"
Story from October 8, 2000.

America Magazine:"Salvadoran Prelate Asks Pardon for U.S. Churchwomen's Killers"
Link to May 6, 2000 story.

Topeka Capitol-Journal: "Judge Orders 3 Convicted of Killing Nuns to be Freed" 
Link to June 25, 1998 story on release of accused Salvadoran murderers.

Seattle Times: "Killers of four Americans to be freed"
News story from April 23, 1998 on the expected release of accused Salvadoran murderers.

New York Times: "Salvadorans Who Slew American Nuns Now Say They Had Orders"
Link to a 1998 story.

National Catholic Reporter: "Finding Peace in the Wake of Aunt's Death"
A 1996 story about the niece of St. Ita Ford and the impact the murders had on her family.