2015 Sr. Dorothy Stang Novena Comments

SR-Stang_Dorothy_smile1Dear friends,

We hope you are enjoying the 2015 Dorothy Stang Novena.

We have been blessed with writers who worked along side Dorothy in Brazil, are currently working in Brazil, or visited Brazil after her death to write about her life!

Please share with us here any of your own reflections about the Novena or ways that Sr. Dorothy has inspired you.

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  1. I read her book (Thank You Sr. Roseanne)and passed it along to others. So impressive and inspiring. Your prayers on her behalf are beautiful and meaningful. Thank you for including me in this message.

  2. I was on the Jubilee Pilgrimage to Namur with Dorothy the summer prior to her murder. Only once do I recall did she mention the death threats she was under. I can’t recall exactly what was said, but do remember her asking prayers as she continued to face what was ahead of her in Brazil.

  3. I simply want to thank you for the gift of this inspiring series. Pope Francis came to mind just now reminding me that he and Dorothy share the same radiant smiles, two extraordinary persons who carry the most profound awareness and accompanying pain of knowing intimately the real sufferings of the most poor in this world and yet exude pure joy, a mark of the brilliance of the Spirit of God in them.

  4. Thank you for this beautiful novena. I read it before bed at night and pray for Sister and all the sisters who work and pray so hard for us.
    Blessings to all of you.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful remembrance Novena. I learned some new things about her journey. She is a radiant brave beauy. I wish I could have met her. I keep the bookmark that the Sisters sent out a few years ago on my desk, that calls her…”a peacemaker for our time.” Blessed are the Peacemakers.

  6. Thank you for this beautiful novena. And thanks to all the contributors. We all remember Dorothy in her great courage of doing what needed to be done each day with a smile. I also like to remember her enthusiasm and fun loving spirit from summer school days. Viva Dorthy!


  8. We really were inspired by Sr. Dorothy’s story. She is a very determined and courageous. We enjoyed learning about her.

  9. Sister Dorothy inspires us by her work with the people in the Amazon and her willingness to give her life to help those in need. We hope we can be as powerful as she was someday!

  10. Sister Dorothy was a very optimistic person who fought for her beliefs no matter what people said or tried to do to her. Her courage was reflected in her morals to support the people of the Amazon.

  11. She has impacted me in many ways and just the fact that we know about her today is a great accomplishment. To think that she stood their and said that her weapon was her bible.

  12. I am inspired by Sr. Dorothy because of her selflessness and courage. The fact that she was willing to put her own body against the elements in order to better the lives of others around her astounds me. We love you Dorothy 🙂

  13. One of Sr. Stang’s quotes is truly inspiring: “Our Gospel response calls us to take risks among our people.” I would never have been able to do any of what she’s done- she’s a truly inspiring figure, and NDSJ should add her to the list of women honored by the annual Women’s Place Project.

  14. I admire how Sr. Dorothy has the courage to be the first to volunteer to go to Latin America. I hope to have the courage that she had. She inspires me to stand up and have a voice, of what I believe in.

  15. Sr. Dorothy’s courage and perseverance is truly inspiring and admirable. She is a role model for people around the world to take great risks and to not be afraid to do so. Cheers to you Sr. Dorothy!

  16. Sister Dorothy Stang has inspired me to stand up for what I believe in, despite what others may think. Thank you, Sister Dorothy, for making a huge impact on the world!

  17. Sister Dorothy Stang was a really inspiring women. Her courage is probably her most admirable trait. I hope everyone remembers Sister Dorothy. The novena was very moving.

  18. I would like to acknowledge Sister Dorothy Stang for her faith in the Lord, love, compassion, perseverance, and inspiration to all those who admire her. She is truly amazing and inspirational both in her actions and trust in the Lord.

  19. Thank you, Sr. Dorothy Stang for helping make this world a better place. Your efforts have inspired many, myself included. Thank you for your dedication and perseverance.

  20. Thank you for opening our eyes to the courage and determination of Sister Dorothy. Her sacrifice will never be forgotten. Though she may no longer be with us, her work and words will forever stay in our hearts. Her courage admires me to work harder and stay strong in my beliefs. Her thoughts are the power for hope and faith in generations to come.

  21. Its sad to hear that such an influencial women be injustly killed. I only hope that the women who are creating positive impact on this world and society, do not meet the same fate.

  22. Dorothy Stang is an inspiring woman that deserves to be recongized for her accomplishments and sacrifices. I hope that other people can read about her and learn from her actions. May her actions always be remembered, for she has inspired many to find the courage within them. Thank you for everything Sister Dorothy Stang.

  23. I really feel inspired by Sister Dorothy because there are not many people in this world that actually would put their life on the line to save a group of people that they don’t even know. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that one person can make a difference in the world. -B

  24. Sr. Dorothy was a model for all people. Her faith and courage has shown how one person can stand up for what is right. She has inspired to be a advocate for others, those who need a helping hand.

  25. Thank You so much for all you have done to those in Brazil. Your courage and incredible sense of justice inspires me to stand up and do good in this world.

  26. Thank you Dorothy for being happy. Thank you for recognizing the gifts and love in everything, big or small. It is an honor for everyone who knew you to have known you. Thank you!

  27. I am inspired by Sr. Dorothy because of her optimism and drive to make her vision come true. She has impacted so many lives to continue her legacy of respecting and loving the rainforest and its animal and human communities.

  28. Thank you for this novena. You truly made a difference and I hope women and our society grow up with your compassion and heart.

  29. Sr. Dorothy Stang really inspired me, and open my eyes more to realized that standing up for what I believe makes me a stronger person spiritually.

  30. Thank you so much for the novena. I am inspired to have more courage in my morals and not to be afraid. Dorothy is a great person and her legacy will live on and grow for the sake of the forests.

  31. I just wanted to let you know that, Sr. Dorthy was an amazing person, you can tell by the way people talk about her. Love her so much!

  32. Thank you Sr. Dorothy! You continue to inspire young women to be up-standers today. You remind us to help those who need it most and to always fight for what what believe.

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