Feast of Alicia Domon and Her Companions (December 12)   Leave a comment

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Above:  Sisters Leonie Duquet and Alice Domon

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ALICIA DOMON (SEPTEMBER 23, 1937-DECEMBER 18/19, 1977)

Roman Catholic Nun and Martyr in Argentina

Sister Alicia Domon opposed the brutal military dictatorship of Argentina and supported human rights, much to her peril.

Domon, born at Charquemont, France, on September 23, 1937, joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society.  The Society sent her to Argentina in 1967.  She and her sister nuns lived and worked among the poor of Buenos Aires.  She, in particular, taught the catechism to mentally retarded children.

The military coup of 1976 brought to power a government that targeted its own citizenry and caused many civilians to disappear.  Domon became involved with the Mothers of the Disappeared, much to the chagrin of the conservative Roman Catholic hierarchy, which remained silent.  On December 8, 1977, plain clothes agents of the government arrested Domon and twelve other women.  On the following day authorities apprehended Sister Leonie Duquet, who shared an address with Domon.  For a week and a half military personnel incarcerated, tortured, humiliated, and interrogated the women.  They they threw them out of airplanes over the Atlantic Ocean.  Certain officers made jokes about “flying nuns.”

To care about human rights is not an option; it is a divine commandment.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 25, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF HERBERT STANLEY OAKELEY, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF SAINT PROCLUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE; AND SAINT RUSTICUS, BISHOP OF NARBONNE

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyrs

Sister Alicia Domon and her companions

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember them in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with them the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 714

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