Maura Clarke

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Maura Clarke

Mary Elizabeth Clarke

(1931-01-13)January 13, 1931
DiedDecember 2, 1980(1980-12-02) (aged 49)
Cause of deathMurder by military death squad
Resting placeChalatenango, El Salvador
OccupationMaryknoll Missionary Sister
Parent(s)John and Mary Clarke

Maura Clarke, MM (January 13, 1931 – December 2, 1980), was an American Catholic Maryknoll sister who served as a missionary in Nicaragua and El Salvador. She worked with the poor and refugees in Central America from 1959 until her murder in 1980. On December 2, 1980, she was beaten, raped, and murdered along with three fellow missionariesIta Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan — by members of the military of El Salvador.


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  • A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura, Eileen Markey, NationBooks 2016.
  • Hearts on Fire: The Story of the Maryknoll Sisters, Penny Lernoux, et al., Orbis Books, 1995.
  • Ita Ford: Missionary Martyr, Phyllis Zagano, Paulist Press, 1996.
  • The Same Fate As the Poor, Judith M. Noone, Orbis Books, 1995. ISBN 1-57075-031-9
  • Witness of Hope: The Persecution of Christians in Latin America, Martin Lange and Reinhold Iblacker, Orbis Books, 1981.

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