Remarkable Ohio


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21-57 Sister Dorothy Stang SNDdeN (1931-2005)

Side A: Born on June 7, 1931 in Dayton to Edna and Henry Stang, Dorothy Mae was the fourth of nine children. She attended Julienne High School and entered religious life with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1948. She professed final vows in 1956 and worked as an elementary school teacher in Chicago and Phoenix before beginning her ministry in Brazil in 1966. There, she worked with the Pastoral Land Commission, an organization that fights for the rights of rural workers and peasants, as well as defending land reforms. Over the next 40 years, Dorothy continued to live out and share the Gospel, the foundation of her life. In addition to her work supporting land reform, she opened 39 schools, founded 35 faith communities and educated women and helped them obtain viable jobs. (Continued on other side)
Side B: (Continued from other side) On February 12, 2005, at the age of 73, Dorothy was on her way to meet with Braziliam farmers whose homes had been burned down when two gunman approached her and killed her as she recited the Beatitudes from the Bible. Her death cam less than one weekafter she had met with Brazil’s human rights officials about threats to local farmers from ranchers and logging companies. The effects of Dorothy’s work continue to bloom through those whom she has inspired to serve. She believed, “We can’t talk about the poor. We must be poor with the poor and then there is no doubt about how to act.”
Sponsors: Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Dayton Regional STEM School and The Ohio History Connection
Address: SE corner of S Perry Street and Franklin Street, 
Location: At entrance to Roger Glass Stadium of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
Latitude: 39.7527270
Longitude: -84.1947930