Anniversary of Dorothy’s Death, February 12, 2005

by Michele on February 12, 2013

Commemorating the murder of a saint like Dorothy — for I do believe that she is a saint even without sainthood — is never easy. I am reminded of all the hatred and gun violence that continues in our country as well as all over the world. And I am reminded to keep the pressure on in the US to change our laws to reduce this insane state of affairs. And do it with Dorothy’s zeal and never-ending diligence.

Dorothy Stang was all about love, for her family, her Sisters and the peasant farmers of Brazil for whom she gave her life. There is a piece circulating today which I gift my readers here. It includes a wonderful photo of her.  It is as good as I could have written and it reminds us not only to work for better gun control but also to work for peace.

The one word I would correct in that article is that Dorothy was not killed by a farmer but rather by two hit men hired by ranchers who act illegally to push peasant farmers and settlers off their legally gained  farms in pursuit of more land for cattle.

Let’s remember Dorothy and try to act for justice even in small ways, and remember, too, the poor of Anapu in the state of Para, Brazil who, inspired by Dorothy, live on in ways she taught.



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter Stein February 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

A very moving and inspirational piece of Dorothy’s legacy. Thank you.


Tom stang July 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Very nice portrait. I have put together one that produces a picture of Dot by connecting the Dots. P for peacemaker,e for environmentalist, A for activist
C for caring,E for ecumenical. M for mother, A for agrarian reformer,K for kind , E for equalizer and R for reconciler. Put them all together they spell Dot. The PEACE MAKER


Karen Ratzlaff February 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Well said Michele! It certainly is a bittersweet day…and it’s so true we must continue with “Dorothy’s zeal and never-ending diligence!”


Carol Henderson February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Michele for this reminder and gift. Today is also Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He and Dorothy seem to have much in common–a deep love of humanity and all human beings, regardless of social standing, skin color or race. And both saints–I consider him one too–were gunned down for their humane beliefs and life work.
Yes, we must all work for justice and peace however we can.


Marianna Crane February 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm


I would not know about this courageous woman but for you.

Thank you


Dana Lichty February 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

It’s good to remember heroes like Dorothy, or the onslaught of news about our cruelty to one another might completely overwhelm us. Thanks for keeping Dorothy’s memory out in front.

Much love, Dana


Linda February 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thank you Michele for keeping us aware of Dorothy and her heroic work. Not only that, but your drive to make it clear who the murderers were and what has happened to them continues against incomplete reporting and political apathy. It’s a big job.


Tom stang July 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Wow Love all the remarks
My way of remembering Dot IS by connecting the dots.
P for Prrophetic. E for Environmental . A for activist. C for compassionate, E for Ecumenical. M for maternal her middle name Mae means mother in Portuguese. A for agrarian reformer. K for kind and gentle. E for energizer and
rR for reconciler. Connect them all together and they spell. Dorothy Mae Stang


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