On December 2, 1980, during the height of a horrible Civil War in El Salvador, two members of the Diocese of Cleveland Latin American Mission, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Ms. Jean Donovan, a laywoman, (as well as two Maryknoll Sisters from New York, Sr. Maura Clark and Sr. Ita Ford) were beaten, raped and murdered. Five Salvadoran National Guardsmen were responsible for their brutal slaying, and in 1984, were sentenced to thirty years in prison. Over 75,000 people, including the Archbishop of San Salvador, The Most Reverend Óscar Romero, were killed during the Salvadoran Civil War.
Sister Dorothy and Jean served at Immaculate Conception Parish in La Libertad.
This photo of Jean (left) and Sr. Dorothy (right) was taken by Jean’s mother in 1979.