|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1940|
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1980, El Salvador|
Ita Ford was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 23,1940. After college at Marymount, she joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1961. Health problems forced her to leave after three years. This was a difficult personal trial for Ita as she saw her plans for her life derailed.
However, after seven years working as an editor for a publishing company, she reapplied in 1971 and was accepted. In 1973 she was assigned to Chile, Ita was known for her lively and generous spirit. Maryknoll friends said of her, "Ita's buoyant personality, her wit, her sense of humor and fun were striking contrast to the suffering and pain she experienced throughout her life. Her twinkling eyes and elfin grin would surface irrepressibly even in the midst of poverty and sorrow."
On December 1, Ita read a passage from one of Romero's final homilies: "Christ invites us not to fear persecution because, believe me, brothers and sisters, the one who is committed to the poor must run the same fate as the poor, and in El Salvador we know what the fate of the poor signifies: to disappear, be tortured, to be held captive - and to be found dead."
The following day, December 2,1980, she and Maura Clarke boarded a plane to return to El Salvador. They were murdered that day
Created by: Anita Salek
Record added: May 16, 2006
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