Remembering Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN - Martyr for the Land and Its People

Aug 12, 2020


Welcome to Peace Church, where we honor and remember Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN. This page is dedicated to celebrating her life, her remarkable journey as a martyr for the land and its people, and the significant impact she made in our community and society. Join us as we delve into the inspiring story of Sr. Dorothy Stang and her courageous fight for social justice.

Who Was Sr. Dorothy Stang?

Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to serving others and fighting for social justice. Born on July 7, 1931, in the United States, she joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) at the age of 17. Sr. Dorothy Stang lived a life of faith, compassion, and unwavering commitment to standing up for those who were marginalized and oppressed.

The Journey of a Courageous Fighter

During her time as a nun, Sr. Dorothy Stang was assigned to Brazil, particularly the Amazon rainforest region. In Brazil, she witnessed the devastating effects of illegal logging and land exploitation on indigenous communities and the fragile ecosystem. Sr. Dorothy Stang passionately advocated for land rights, sustainable development, and the preservation of the rainforest.

Protecting the Land and Its People

Sr. Dorothy Stang fearlessly confronted powerful landowners and corporations who sought to exploit the Amazon rainforest for their own profit. She organized communities, empowering them to stand up for their rights and protect their ancestral lands. Through her tireless efforts, she became a symbol of hope, compassion, and resistance against environmental destruction and social injustice.

The Martyrdom and Legacy

On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy Stang was tragically murdered by hired gunmen who were believed to be contracted by powerful interests seeking to silence her activism. However, her legacy lives on as a testament to the power of conscience and the fight for justice. Sr. Dorothy Stang's martyrdom inspired a global movement for environmental and social awareness, sparking renewed efforts to address the pressing issues affecting the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous communities.

Celebrating Sr. Dorothy Stang's Impact

Peace Church proudly celebrates Sr. Dorothy Stang's significant impact on our community and society. Her unwavering commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability, and the empowerment of marginalized communities continues to inspire and guide us in our own efforts to make a positive difference in the world.

Education and Empowerment

Following Sr. Dorothy Stang's principles, Peace Church actively supports education initiatives, ensuring access to quality education for all, especially those in disadvantaged communities. We believe that education is a powerful tool for empowerment, lifting individuals and communities out of poverty and creating a more just and equitable society.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship

At Peace Church, we recognize the urgent need for sustainable development and environmental stewardship. Inspired by Sr. Dorothy Stang's love for nature and her fight against deforestation, we actively promote responsible environmental practices, encouraging our community to adopt eco-friendly habits and support initiatives that protect our planet for future generations.

Inspiration and Reflection

Remembering Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, offers us an opportunity to reflect on our own lives and actions. She reminds us of the importance of compassion, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Sr. Dorothy Stang's story encourages us to question the status quo, challenge injustice, and work towards creating a more inclusive and sustainable world.

Personal Call to Action

As members of the Peace Church community, we invite you to join us in honoring Sr. Dorothy Stang's legacy. Consider how her values and dedication can inspire you in your own journey towards making a positive impact. Whether it's volunteering, advocating for social causes, or embracing sustainable practices, each individual contribution is essential in creating a better world for all.


Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, lives on as a symbol of hope, sacrifice, and social justice. Her courageous fight for the land and its people continues to inspire individuals and communities worldwide. At Peace Church, we are dedicated to carrying forward her legacy, honoring her memory, and striving for a more just and sustainable future.