Church Women of El Salvador

Today is the 40th anniversary of the rape and murder of four U.S. church women working with refugees in El Salvador in Central America: Sr. Maura Clark, Lay Missioner Jean Donovan, Sr. Ita Ford, and Sr. Dorothy Kazel. Sr. Maura and Sr. Ita were Maryknoll Sisters. The four women were killed by the El Salvador military in a terrible period in that country’s history when more than 75,000 people were killed.
This is an El Salvador street mural memorializing the four martyred church women. Their memory lives on in some of the Cambodian Maryknollers, too. Sr. Helene, one of our Cambodian group, was president of the Maryknoll Sisters when the women were killed and went to El Salvador to handle the situation after their deaths and was also a participant in the trials of the military that followed. Fr. Kevin also had connections with lay missioner Jean Donovan who was also from Cleveland, Ohio. Fr. Kevin was at her funeral.

Happy Birthday!

Today was Russ Brine’s birthday and the staff presented him with a cake for the occasion and a subsequent mini-party to provide a little merriment and good wishes. In Chinese culture it was an auspicious occasion, marking five times through the Chinese zodiac cycle.

Closing down

Olga, one of our lay missioners, has had to stay in the Philippines because of COVID-19 and death in her family. She will not be able to return to Cambodia so today a crew of Maryknollers emptied out her apartment. Sisters Regina (the organizer), Ann, and Helene were there along with our office manager Siphal and his wife and also lay missioner Julie Lawler and Charlie Dittmeier. Note the common Cambodian space-saving maneuver on the stairway: dividing a normal stairway into half sideways. Broad shouldered people beware.

Coming and going

When our Cambodia Maryknoll group returned from Hua Hin, Thailand last week, Marj Humphrey (L above) came with us. She is the Director of Mission for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Today was her last day with us and after joining us for our Wednesday meeting and mass and supper, she departed for New York.

Also with us tonight, for her first official meeting as a member of the Cambodia Mission Team, was Julie Lawler (R above). Her first meeting was something of an anti-climax since she has already started Khmer language school and is also learning Cambodian Sign Language for working with the deaf community here.

Maryknoll in Hua Hin #10

Every year Maryknollers from various parts of Asia travel to southern Thailand for an annual retreat and meeting. Click below for news of each day’s activities.

• Tuesday (7 January 2020) — Travel Day

• Wednesday (8 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Thursday (9 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Friday (10 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Saturday (11 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Sunday (12 January 2020) — Final Retreat Day

Monday (13 January 2020) — Maryknoll Mission Gathering

Monday (13 January 2020) — Evening Talent Show

Tuesday (14 January 2020) — Charism Meetings

Wednesday (15 January 2020) — Travel Day

Maryknoll in Hua Hin #9

Every year Maryknollers from various parts of Asia travel to southern Thailand for an annual retreat and meeting. Click below for news of each day’s activities.

• Tuesday (7 January 2020) — Travel Day

• Wednesday (8 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Thursday (9 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Friday (10 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Saturday (11 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Sunday (12 January 2020) — Final Retreat Day

Monday (13 January 2020) — Maryknoll Mission Gathering

Monday (13 January 2020) — Evening Talent Show

Tuesday (14 January 2020) — Charism Meetings

Maryknoll in Hua Hin #8

Every year Maryknollers from various parts of Asia travel to southern Thailand for an annual retreat and meeting. Click below for news of each day’s activities.

• Tuesday (7 January 2020) — Travel Day

• Wednesday (8 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Thursday (9 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Friday (10 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Saturday (11 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Sunday (12 January 2020) — Final Retreat Day

Monday (13 January 2020) — Maryknoll Mission Gathering

Monday (13 January 2020) — Evening Talent Show

Maryknoll in Hua Hin #7

Every year Maryknollers from various parts of Asia travel to southern Thailand for an annual retreat and meeting. Click below for news of each day’s activities.

• Tuesday (7 January 2020) — Travel Day

• Wednesday (8 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Thursday (9 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Friday (10 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Saturday (11 January 2020) — Retreat Day

Sunday (12 January 2020) — Final Retreat Day

Monday (13 January 2020) — Maryknoll Mission Gathering