Many greetings from Maryknoll Lay Missioners! We are in the midst of our formation program and excited as we approach the 50th sending ceremony of MKLM.
On Monday October 30, after the workshop “Following the Non-Violent Jesus”, Fr. John Dear presented the guitar of martyred lay missioner Jean Donovan to Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Jean, a lay missioner from the Cleveland Diocese, did her training at Maryknoll Lay Missioners with our 1976 class and received her mission cross with them. We are so honored to receive it and will display it in honor of Jean, who dedicated her life to faith-based peace building and working for justice.
On December 2, 1980, Jean accompanied Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel to the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, to pick up two Maryknoll Sisters, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, flying in from Nicaragua. As the four women left the airport, they were taken by soldiers, abused, killed and buried in shallow graves in a rural area about 45 minutes from the airport. These brutal murders of four missioner women martyrs shocked the world. To find out more about Jean, go to Jean Donovan and read her biography.
Music and her guitar were important to Jean in her life and in her ministry. For many years her best friend who lives in Ireland kept the guitar, but a few years ago it was sent to Fr. John Dear. John was a good friend and had offered strong support to Jean’s family after her death.
Sam Stanton (for all Maryknoll Lay Missioners)