Service will recall slain churchwomen


CLINTON — Dubuque Franciscan Sister Patricia Farrell, a missionary who spent 20 years in Chile and El Salvador, will be the featured speaker at a public prayer service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the murder of four American churchwomen by Salvadoran military.

The Clinton Franciscan Sisters are hosting the service at their home, The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

Sr. Farrell was in El Salvador at the time of the murders. She later worked with Spanish-speaking people who were victims of torture. She is currently vice president of the Dubuque Franciscans and president–elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

On Dec. 2, 1980, two Maryknoll Sisters, Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, along with Dorothy Kazel, an Ursuline Sister, and Jean Donovan, a lay missionary, were on their way home from the airport in El Salvador when they were abducted by Salvadoran soldiers, raped and murdered.


For details call Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611, or visit

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