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