Sister Dorothy Stang

Sister Doroty Stang SNDdeN • Martyr, 1931-2005

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, Dorothy Stang, moved to Brazil 40 years ago to help poor farmers build independent futures for their families. She was shot to death Saturday, February 12, 2005, in Anapu, Para, a section of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. A Citizen of Brazil and the United States, Sister Dorothy worked with the Pastoral Land Commission, an organization of the Catholic Church that struggles for the rights of rural workers and peasants, and defends land reforms in Brazil. Her death came less than a week after meeting with the country’s human rights officials about threats to local farmers from illegal loggers and ranchers. Sister Dorothy was a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an international religious order of about 1,800 women serving on five continents. Each Sister of Notre Dame commits her one and only life to work with others to create justice and peace for all…

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“We must be poor with the poor and recapture a tender and kind relationship with Mother Earth. Then we will know how to act.”

Prayer for Healing

Blessed are You, Holy Creator, Source of all that is good, beautiful and whole.
Where wholeness is splintered or shattered, goodness damaged or marred,
and beauty bruised or broken, we ask for healing and deep peace.
Be healing balm for this world: for all people, creatures, places, events,
and for the environment.

We welcome the touch of your Healing Love and Gentle Presence.
Inspired by Dorothy Stang, your servant and martyr,
we pray in communion with all the saints in glory, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Prayer by Sr. Teresita Weind SNDdeN)

Presentations and Lesson Plans:

Ecology/Science Project (13-15 year olds)

Discipleship in the Global Society (12 -adult)

Lesson Plans (3-13 year olds)

A Rainforest Unit (7 year olds)