Wednesday, October 16, 2019
World Mission Sunday with Pastor Carlos
World Mission Sunday
Today is World Mission Sunday. There are 1,100 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and areas of Latin America. On this Sunday, every parish has a special collection to support the missions.
Our Bishop Robert McElroy invites us to reflect today on the life of missionary Sister Dorothy Stang SNDdeN. Sister Dorothy Stang was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1931 and entered the religious community of Notre Dame de Namur right after High School. After professing final vows, she taught at Catholic elementary schools in Illinois and Arizona, but she longed to be in a foreign mission.
After teaching in the Chicago and Phoenix areas for 15 years, she was finally allowed to go with four other sisters to Brazil in 1966, where she worked in the Amazon region to help poor farmers build independent futures for their families. She also sought to protect peasants from criminal gangs hired by large ranchers who were after their land.
Dot, as she was called by her family, friends and most locals in Brazil, advocated for the peasants with the police and the judicial system. Dot received death threats, and at one point ranchers put a bounty on her head.
Knowing the danger she faced, she decided to stay: “I don't want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment.”
On the morning of 12 February 2005, Sr Dot woke up early to walk to a community meeting, when she was intercepted and killed by two men, who had been hired by the executive of a livestock company. Her cause for canonization is under way.
God bless, Fr. Carlos, OS