Fifteen years ago on February 12th, Dayton native Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49 was martyred for her work in Brazil. She was, and remains, a powerful example of how one person can cause positive change in a world full of trials and tribulations.
Earlier this month, students watched a special presentation featuring Samuel Clements from the film, "The Student, the Nun & the Amazon" and engaged with him to learn more about his time with Sr. Dorothy in the rainforest.
“I remember her joy, warmth, positivity, courage, and playfulness,” Clements reflecting on his interactions with Sr. Dorothy. “She had a real softness — yet knowing with that softness came incredible strength. She brought people together to do the good work.”
During his presentation, Clements shared how Sr. Dorothy's advocacy for the rights of the poor and environment helped shape his current career helping create a sustainable and climate-smart society. Clements is currently a Senior Sustainability Advisor and offers solutions to companies to increase their transition to low-carbon tools.
Clements said when he originally asked a friend to accompany him to film his time in Brazil, Clements didn’t know the eventual long-lasting impact the film would have on others.
“Knowing that this video has been used so much in education is wonderful — it’s heartwarming,” Clements shared. “The film conveys Sr. Dorothy’s spirit and message. I’ve seen it resonate with students as I was a student myself in the film.”
Leading up to the anniversary of her martyrdom, the CJ Ministry & Service office created a novena that was said as the special 3 o’clock prayer at the end of each school day. The novena can be found here.
Pictured above: Samuel Clements with siblings of Sr. Dorothy Stang prior to his presentation at CJ on February 4.
Posted February 11, 2020