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Hope abounds in signs of new growth

“A grain of wheat falls into the ground…but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”    

On February 12, 2015, we will remember the 10th anniversary of the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN in Anapu, Brazil. During these years, since her assassination, new life has burst forth even in the midst of continued violence and threatening situations in the country. Sr. Dorothy was murdered, but her life and work for human rights and agrarian reform have taken root in the hearts of the people in Brazil. Hope abounds in signs of new growth. On Sr. Dorothy’s anniversary, the Sisters and people will remember and relive the shock and pain of her murder, the fear and violence which haunted us during 2005.

February 12 is now a holiday in Anapu, a day on which to remember and celebrate Sr. Dorothy´s life and all that has been accomplished in her journey in life and death. Many people are in solidarity with this journey for profound justice leading to true and lasting peace. Sr. Dorothy is a symbol of the defense and protection of human rights. The Sisters continue to reflect on her life, its meaning and power in their lives and the life of the Brazilian people. Sr. Dorothy Stang lives on in the people who pray to her, honor her memory and imitate this holy woman, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. Read "Seeds Bear Fruit in Brazil."