Martyrs of Hope

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Martyrs of Hope tells the inspiring sto­ry of seven U.S. missioners who paid the ultimate price for the poor of Central America. Two of them have been beat­ified by the Catholic Church: Fr. Stanley Rother and Brother James Miller, who were killed in Guatemala. Four of them were women killed by the military in El Salvador: Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, Ursuline Sister Dor­othy Kazel, and lay-missioner Jean Donovan. The seventh, Maryknoll Sister Carla Piette, who also died in El Salvador, represents what Pope Francis has recently called a “martyr of charity,” who laid down her life for her neighbors.

All of these martyrs challenged an unjust sta­tus quo in the countries where they ministered. This book offers a riveting and troubling story of their heroic witness. Although their lives, back­grounds, and beliefs varied widely, they held a common faith and hope: to better the lives of the poor among whom they lived and worked.

Donna Whitson Brett served as an academic advisor at the School of Arts & Sciences, Uni­versity of Pittsburgh.

Edward T. Brett is a pro­fessor emeritus of history, La Roche College in Pittsburgh. Their previous book, Murdered in Central America (Orbis 1988), won a Christo­pher award.

Book Details

Martyrs of Hope
Seven U.S. Missioners in Central America
Donna Whitson Brett
Edward T. Brett

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