"She lived what she believed."
And Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN lived a life loving all God's people and helping others. Which is why the CJ community is pleased to have the approval of a State of Ohio Historical Marker in her honor.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sr. Dorothy's martyrdom. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was shot six times in Brazil. She had been there for several years working for the future of the Amazon rainforest, fighting for farmers' rights and the poor.
On Thursday, family, friends and the community came to CJ to watch a special screening of "The Student, The Nun and The Amazon." A good friend of Sr. Dorothy's, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN, spoke on WDTN before the event.
"She didn't just talk, but she acted. She (taught) us a lesson of love. She loved God and all of God's creations," Sr. Krimm said in the interview.
Sr. Krimm also spoke at Thursday's event. It was during this time that the announcement about the marker was made. Chloe Johnson and Anjali Phadke, both freshmen at the Dayton STEM School in Kettering organized and made the push to have the marker approved.
"Because of her, there are so many school in Brazil and because of her death there is awareness around the world," said Phadke. There are nearly 40 schools in Brazil which were dedicated in Sr. Dorothy's honor.
"Together, we think of her as an inspiration," said Johnson.
Details about where and when the marker would be erected are still in discussion.
WKEF's coverage of the community event.
WDTN talks to Sr. Joan before the community event.
Sr. Dorothy, Her Dream/Our Hands 2005-2015
PDF resource — Activity guide and schedule of national activities
Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy
online resource — SNDdeN Ohio Province