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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December 4, we commemorated the deaths of Jean Donovan, Maryknoll missionary and Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, and Dorothy Kazal killed in El Salvador, December 2. 1980.  We commemorated the lives of all the central American martyrs and disappeared. We also celebrated the canonization of St. Oscar Romero and were fortunate to have speakers who attended ceremonies in Rome and in El Salvador. Nicholas and Rose Marie Avelar, Teodoro Aguiluz, and Elmer Romero spoke about being in Rome with an estimated 70,000 El Salvadorans and what the experience was like for them. Francisco Deras Soltis was in San Salvador at the hospital where Romero was assassinated while presiding at Mass on March 24, 1980.  Because of the time difference, the people throughout El Salvador kept vigil in anticipation of the canonization.  Each speaker also talked about how much Archbishop Romero meant to them and to the poor and oppressed in El Salvador.  Francisco presented the Dominican Sisters with a relief in clay image of Saint Oscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr.

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