IRTF honors founders and longtime volunteer

(Plain Press, July 2006) The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) honored its founders Cindy Drennan, Sr. Mary Hurley, HM and Sr. Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU and longtime volunteer Roma Foldy at its 25th Anniversary Celebration on June 22nd at Massimo da Milano on W. 25th and Detroit Avenue.

The organization, which is housed at St. Patrick’s Club Building at 3606 Bridge Ave., was founded following the 1980 assassinations of Archbishop Oscar Romero and four US churchwomen. Two of them, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU and Jean Donovan were from Cleveland.

IRTF’s work has included the Annual Commemoration of the martyrs of Central America, hosting speakers and education forums, and participating in study and work delegations to Central America, Colombia and the US-Mexico border where many Central American refugees fled from the wars in their countries. Since the 1990s when the armed conflicts formally ended, IRTF has deepened its focus on the economic and human rights injustices that continue to exacerbate poverty in Central America.

 

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