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Mass for 30th anniversary of women missionaries killed in El Salvador

Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan

Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan

A Mass to mark 30th anniversary of the the deaths of four women  missionaries  killed in El Salvador will take place at the Church of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1 on 4 December at 11am.  

The Celebrant  will be Fr Michael Campbell-Johnston. Therese Osborne, a member of Viatores Christi in Dublin, who was a co-worker with Jean and Dorothy in El Salvador will give an address.

The event is sponsored by the Conference of Religious, Archbishop Romero Trust, CAFOD, Pax Christi, Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission, and Progressio. There will be tea and coffee afterwards in the parish hall

The four Maryknoll Sisters: Ita Ford and Maura Clarke; Ursuline Sister, Dorothy Kazel; and Lay Volunteer, Jean Donovan,  were raped and murdered in El Salvador on 2 December 1980, nine months after the assassination of Archbishop Romero, on the eve of the civil war that engulfed the country for the next 12 years. They were real icons of holiness - martyrs whom we remember for their great courage and commitment to the poor.