2005 Recipient of the Anselm Moons Award
In 1948, at age 17, Dorothy Stang joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She showed a passion for mission, and in 1966 was sent to the sisters’ province in Brazil. She ministered primarily to the rural poor, and gradually became an advocate for their rights, denouncing the wealthy landowners, ranchers, and illegal loggers who were destroying their livelihood. For this she was subjected to harassment and received numerous death threats. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was shot and killed by two men hired by local landowners. When confronted by the killers, she had opened her Bible and begun to read from the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” After numerous trials, four men are now serving prison terms for the crime.