Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU, former editor of Education for Justice entered into eternal life on February 19, 2021.
Although she endured the darkness of torture in Latin America in the 1980’s and the darkness of recurring cancers in the last decade, Dianna always chose the light, committed to working for peace and justice— and enjoying her family in New Mexico, her Ursuline sisters, her Assisi community, her colleagues at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, EFJ and the Center of Concern, and Pax Christi, USA.
From the brokenness and pain of her torture and its aftermath, beauty and joy emerged. She modeled the gentle strength of non-violence and the deep compassion for others reflected in Catholic Social Teaching. Dianna used her many talents during her leadership of Education for Justice to develop new directions for EFJ as well as to reaffirm its central ministry. We are so blessed that Dianna is a part of the Education for Justice story.
May she rest in peace and may her memory guide us as we move forward doing the work of justice.
Jane Deren, Ph.D., Founder of Education for Justice