They also knew that Sister Dorothy loved a celebration! No wonder that invitations to a virtual prayer service on June 7, which would have been her 89th birthday, were sent to the people on the Ohio Unit’s email list and to hundreds more through other social media. Over one hundred Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Associates and friends, from across the US and beyond, gathered by ZOOM and closed-circuit TV, along with seven hundred and thirty people on Facebook live, to pray and to share memories of Dorothy. From London, Sam Clements gave a beautiful reflection on Sister Dorothy’s impact on him, from the moment they met in Brazil.
The Committee invited schools and parishes to use the prayer service and other materials provided on- line. Saint Anthony Parish in Cincinnati held a virtual prayer service, which the parish’s pastoral minister described as, “a lovely experience having the Sisters praying with us.” Sisters appreciated hearing Sister Dorothy’s impact on those present. Participants were moved as Sister Jo Anne Depweg told of her being asked to identify Sister Dorothy’s body at the morgue on February 12, 2005.
Truly, Sister Dorothy Stang’s legacy lives on as individuals, families and other groups use the prayer service, leader’s guide and/or the video of the June 7th prayer service, including comments of participants. All are available on www.sndohio.org.