Honoring Sr. Betty Campbell, R.S.M & Fr. Peter Hinde. O.Carm.
Sr. Betty Campbell and Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm will be honored with the 2020 CRISPAZ Peace Award.
This year’s award ceremony will held virtually on November 17, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST. Link to virtual event will be available here on our website on the day of the event.
About the Honorees
Sr. Betty Campbell, RSM
Betty was the last of thirteen, with 9 brothers and 3 sisters. Her musician parents led her to develop her talents in music and art. Three brothers entered the field of medicine. Their father, an enterprising engineer, died when she was 11. Her mother began working in a Mercy Sisters’ hospital in Davenport, IA. Betty took up a nursing career. A few years later she entered the Mercy Sisters’ Congregation.
Mercy sister Betty has spent most of her professional life in solidarity with Latin America. As a nurse, she went to Sicuani, Peru in 1962, joining the pastoral team of Carmelite fathers and brothers, Mercy sisters, and Papal volunteers. She worked in a small government hospital wherein 1964 she saw their little hospital flooded with dead and wounded campesinos from a confrontation about land; the Army breaking up a peaceful protest demanding application of the land reform decree.
Betty’s talent of music and art blossomed at the request that she organize and direct a 28-person polyphonic choir. Her artwork showed up in the main hall of the parish or on the tower of the cathedral. Over the years in the theatre with choral presentations and a dramatization of St. Joseph’s agony about the pregnancy of Mary the mother of Jesus. The choir became the envy of other more prominent towns in the southern sierra of Peru.
A crisis developed in their school in ’68 and Mercy superiors pulled all the sisters back to Chicago. Betty was permitted to return later that same year. For a while, she worked as head administrator of the hospital, but in the time left that to work at public health. The following years living among the people in the new apostolic communities, she experienced the life of the Christian base communities, theology of liberation. The Latin American Bishops 1968 Conference at Medellin had called on religious to insert themselves in the life of the poor working class
In 1972-73 she lived with Antonina Callo, a Quechua single mother, and her two children in a poor rural Quechua community. With all this experience Betty developed a profound change in herself to prefer a simple lifestyle, moving away from consumerism and materialism. She became aware of the USA’s unjust policies in Latin America. She wrote her experience with this type of ministry on leaving Sicuani in 1973 in a bi-lingual Spanish-Quechua health manual for rural communities entitled, Khali Kaninchis.
In 1973, Betty cofounded Tabor House, a Catholic Worker community, with Peter Hinde, O.Carm. Mary Sears, RSM, Tadéo “Spike” Zywicki. As the last child in a family of 13 children, Betty found the Tabor mixed style of life congenial. Tabor is a contemplative political action community, to draw attention to the detrimental social and economic effects of USA governmental and corporate interest in Latin America. Giving hospitality to the homeless, then refugees, and then political refugees was their daily bread.
One focus was with the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and friendship with one of the founders, Laura Bonaparte, an Argentinian mother with six family members among the disappeared. In Costa Rica, in 1983 Betty attended the first meeting of families of the disappeared in which the organization FEDEFAM (Families of the Detained Disappeared) of all Latin America was formed. In 1986 she joined Laura at the first public outcry in Buenos Aires of thousands of people in a march protesting the military government’s self-declared amnesty, “Punta Final.”
In 1978, Betty was invited by the Sandinistas and worked for a month at the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the clinic of the refugee camp. In 1979, she worked in a clinic in Triunfo, Honduras in early July. After the Sandinista victory, Betty moved all the materials of the clinic across the border to Somotillo, Nicaragua, to open the clinic there. Later she went to Esteli to open a clinic in barrio Oscar Gomez.
Because she had participated in an action in the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund protesting funds for the Somoza government, she had to return to the US for a trial date in Washington, DC in October. Before leaving Nicaragua, she went to the Central American Bank to gather information for the trial. Somoza had fled with the money loaned, then to settle in Paraguay under the protection of another dictator, General Alfredo Stroessner. The trial was canceled, the charges dropped.
In answer to Archbishop Romero’s call to people to accompany his people in El Salvador, Betty went to San Salvador in August 1980. The Archdiocese asked her to help as a nurse. She was sent to a parish church basement where 200 displaced people were being sheltered and she set up a clinic to serve the people and to train health promoters. When finished, Betty was taken back to the archdiocese by the pastor Manuel Antonio Reyes who was later killed on October 8, 1980, for starting to build a permanent clinic in his parish. Betty helped set up procedures for caring for wounds in the camp behind the seminary. She set up a simple labor/delivery room in the area for displaced at the Basilica as many women about to have babies were arriving from the countryside where bombings were taking place.
Betty began to work with the Maryknoll sisters Carla Peitte and Ita Ford in Chalatenango. She last saw Carla alive after a meeting at the bishop’s office, as Carla was hiding medicine in her jeep. She told Betty she had just finished making a retreat. As a North American she had been feeling the weight of the social sin against the people, the involvement of her own U.S. government in supporting and aiding the repression. She could now see that the refugee assistance coupled with her solidarity with the people was a way of both countering the sinful structures that tarnish all US citizens, and a way of disassociating herself from US government policy.
A few days later Carla and Ita were caught in a heavy rainstorm…Carla drowned in a river. Betty, the very next day, helped Ita with the trauma she suffered from the same accident and sadly joined her at the funeral of Carla there in Chalatenango. Ita and Maura, who replaced Carla, began to take Betty to the villages around Chalatenango to teach the people first aid, how to care for wounds, and to give injections. They gave Betty the name “Maria” and never told her the names of the villages they visited for protection in case she was picked up by the military. Many friends were killed: people in human rights work, nurses, priests, campesinos.
Then the beloved churchwomen were killed, an event that shocked the church, the country, and the world. Betty accompanied the religious to Chalatenango for the Mass, funeral procession, and burial of beloved Ita Ford and Maura Clark. She accompanied the many people to the airport with the bodies of beloved Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donavan that were to be flown to the US. Betty and Peter were asked to return to the US to rebut the lies of US officials and give testimony about the life and work of their friends.
Tabor House in Wash DC was closed from 1981 to 1983 as the community was involved in solidarity work that took members on trips to Latin America. Betty and Peter spoke of the beloved church women and the suffering people quoted Bishop Romero’s letter to President Carter asking that the US government stop giving military aid to El Salvador.
They gave many talks across the US describing the situation in Latin America and the US involvement with its foreign/military policies They supported the Sandinista revolution as a real hope of all Latin America. They denounced the practice of the killing and disappearance of opposition leaders by the US-supported dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay.
From 1977 to 1999, Betty and Peter had gone to Central America for two or three months each year to find out what was happening and take testimonies of the people suffering repression, and to examine the role of the US. They took two long trips through Latin America by bus and were given hospitality by families and churches, for six months from November 1976 – May 1977, and nine months from June 1986 – March 1987. All the trips were undertaken to understand the reality, especially how the people saw the US government and corporate involvement, and to share that testimony in talk tours in the USA.
In 1984 Peter co-founded CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). From 2000 to the present Betty has accompanied Peter on annual trips to El Salvador to become updated on the situation. In 1992 the Peace Accords were signed in El Salvador and three years later in Guatemala. In 1995 Betty, Peter, and Spike moved to Cd Juarez, Mexico to open Casa Tabor and accompany the church and the people in the border region. They soon began to receive delegations of parishes and schools in the US intent on learning about the refugee situation at the Border.
Betty was asked by neighbors if she could create space for the women to share their lives. Since that time Betty has given workshops as a facilitator for women’s groups dealing with self-esteem, domestic violence, and studying the economic reality. Betty has learned a lot from the women, especially how difficult it is to raise a family with the low pay women to earn in the assembly plants—the maquilas—and domestic work and the reality of domestic violence. Betty has learned how the factories in the US exploit the workers in Cd Juarez in their maquilas.
From 1996 every week, Betty and Peter cross the border to El Paso. They first began to protest George H W Bush’s war on children and the people of Iraq. Together with a small group, they continue to protest every Friday in front of the US Federal Court House the continuing wars of the misguided US leadership. Together, Betty and Peter receive Border Awareness Groups, delegations of North Americans that come to study the reality of the Border. Betty shares with them the terrible violence suffered by families here at the border. Juarez rated at times as the most violent city in the world.
In the patio of Casa Tabor in Cd Juarez, Betty has painted memorials on the wall of the arbor where names are written: the 263 journalists killed in Mexico since 1993; the 56 names of priests killed in Mexico since 1990; names of some of the 1,970 women killed in Cd Juarez since 1993; some of the names of the 18,443 men killed in Cd Juarez since 1993; some of the names of the disappeared people in Cd Juarez since 1993; names of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Mexico; some of the names of the 450 migrants that die in the US desert every year.
Betty asks that people in the delegations write names on the wall, stand in a circle, and read the names, and then say a prayer. The people then take the names they have written home with them to remember that person. People in Latin America suffering under dictatorial control had to write at night the names of their beloved on the walls of their cities…not to leave in global numbers the names of the dead and disappeared.
Then someone in the delegation reads the words of former president Correa of Ecuador when he visited the site of the massacre of the Jesuits, their cook, and her daughter in El Salvador in 2009 the 10th anniversary: “The permanent struggle to change the conditions of life of our peoples constitutes our profession of life, our song of love, our celebration of memory…taking the Christs down from their crosses…giving the heart…sowing dignity…risking our lives for the poor, the needy.”
Betty and Peter worked hard at converting an abandoned adobe house into Casa Tabor. Betty carried the ongoing labor of cleaning up the patio, setting up raised gardens for vegetables, rally help to build the chicken coop, with her TLC for the chickens. Peter put up the pallet fence and laid out the labyrinth to help the ambient for prayer and reflection. It was over a period of years that Betty painted the different memorial murals and in later years developed the liturgy on the mystery of Ciudad Juarez. Simple lifestyle and respect for nature have become more and more their central focus for life on the Border.
For them, who have been received with love and respect not only in Mexico but throughout Latin America, US Immigration Policy has become the greatest contradiction and pain which they continue to witness up close. They steer the considerable funds given to them by friends in the US for work at the border directly to the ministry of the refugees both in El Paso and in Juarez. Thank God, for the solidarity between peoples across all borders.
Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm.
His birth certificate and passport read “James J. Hinde, born in Elyria, OH,” as his Mom got off the train to bring him to the light of day there in a nearby hospital. Esther and Joe Hinde continued on to Sandusky from Cleveland to show their firstborn to grandparents. Travel would mark his future. Three sisters and a brother would follow him to round out the family, by that time living in Blue Island a south suburb of Chicago.
His Dad got him off to a good start in baseball, and the School Sisters of Notre Dame in studies. At Mt. Carmel High, he excelled at studies while working his way through school to become valedictorian of his “41 class”. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in his second year at Illinois Institute of Technology and was called up for active service in February 1943.
Arriving on Ie Shima, Okinawa in late July 45, and on a mission to Seoul, Korea his Squadron flew over Nagasaki 3 days after the bomb. For a brain-washed pilot at 15,000 ft, it was simply a casualty of war. He saw where the city had been. After 3 1/2 years in Service, 18 months in the Pacific, he was raised to the rank of Captain on Reserves. Long months on the island combined with a little book a chaplain gave him “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius,” he decided to study for the priesthood.
In the Fall of 1946 he entered the Carmelite Seminary at Niagara Falls, Canada, given in novitiate the religious name Canisius. He did theology studies at their Theology House in Washington, DC., and was ordained in June 1952. For three years he taught at Carmel High School and seminary before going to Wolfnitz, Austria mountains for three years of contemplative life. Befriending fellow Carmelite German veterans from WWII, he began to break out of the shell of US culture.
Three years later traveling through Europe, in Paris, he met a young Japanese Catholic priest who had just finished his theology study in Montreal, Canada. He could speak English and French. Canisius (Peter in Peru began to use the first name of St. Peter Canisius) had a map and moto; they teamed up to tour Paris. The next day they traveled by train to Lisieux, where St. Therese of Lisieux lived and died. Sharing more deeply, C discovered that his companion was from Hiroshima and lost his whole family in the bomb…he was away training to be a fighter pilot.
Two fighter-pilot Catholic priests stunned by the providence of their meeting. A long Silence. “When we get to Lisieux I will celebrate Mass in reparation the atrocities of the US military on your people.” He replied: “I, in reparation for the atrocities of the Japanese Armed Forces.” So it was. He was on the way to Rome for higher studies and C headed back to the U.S. neither with a permanent address. He stayed extra days in Lisieux, Peter had to get back to Paris and on to Amsterdam for a flight back to the U.S.
1960-65 Peter was charged as Master of Students at the Carmelite Theology House in D.C. for the formation of the students. Peter with them was soon caught up in the Black Civil Rights struggle. He considered this his second novitiate: he saw the deep structures of racism. It prepared him to see the structures of US imperialism from the perspective gained of the victims…his friends.
Peter, after volunteering every year since 1958, was finally sent to Peru. His father died two months after his arrival. He flew to Bradenton, FL to celebrate the funeral Mass with mother and family. He stayed two weeks extra over Christmas with his mother and studied with her the documents just released of Vatican II. In Lima, he taught Vatican II concepts in any number of forums. He became involved in a group of progressive native clergy bent on social reform, Gustavo Gutierrez one of them.
Finally, to the Carmelite mission in Sicuani in the south sierra Cf link “Carmelite Pastoral Experience with Medellin line 1966-72” by Peter. He was put in charge of the ministry organizing missionary catechists for the rural Quechua communities. A crisis arose. In January 1973 he traveled, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia to contact organizations like ONIS of Peru to check their USAID or CIA experience. Sr. Betty Campbell joined Peter in a Casa Tabor anti-imperialist agenda, a reverse mission to evangelize the U.S. about US negative influence in L.A.
P&B made contacts in north Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico on the way to consult anti-war communities in the U.S. With good feedback they set up Tabor House as a Catholic Worker type community in a poor barrio in NW Washington, D.C. in September 1973 just as the CIA-military repressive coup happened in Chile. They were joined by Mercy Sister Mary Sears and Tadeo (Spike) Zywichi from the very first day.
They immediately began to receive labor leaders and missionaries expelled from Chile, others from the streets in need of housing. They joined anti-war protests, initiated other protests in front of embassies of dictators supported by the US in Latin America. Activists came to swell the community to 29 members by 1975, a married couple with kids put money down for the Tabor Farm contemplative pole two hours distant near Hancock, MD. They were joined there by two single parents and kids to run a kind of retreat center.
This faith-based community had prayer/Mass liturgy to start the day. All members worked to pay the rent and put the food on the table. But half time was dedicated to hospitality, organizing protests. P the principal contact person for outreach to ally institutions and activists. His prior experience in D.C. served them well. Tabor became a landing place for LA activists, natives, or returned missionaries. Their contemplative rhythm of life made for deep reflection and analysis together.
P&B renewed contacts in LA with a 6-month trip 1975-76 thru all Latin America. Their report appeared in Catholic Worker NYC concluded: “U.S. support for all these fascist dictators; we have Fascists in our government.” From Argentina come Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, persecuted priests from El Salvador, missionaries from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia…others arrested and jailed for protests. P&B with others invaded the White House and the IMF, arrested, put on trial to protest U.S. policies.
For Nine years he worked in D.C to shake up the Churches, exposing U.S. complicity in the death of Archbishop Romero and of their four religious friends murdered in Salvador. By 1979-81 P&B spent so much time in Central America, the newer members of Tabor working with refugees in Centroamerica, or helping organize solidarity offices for those countries, they closed the house. Tabor base community flowered and went to seed in these ministries. P&B, Spike opened Tabor in San Antonio, TX. (1983-95.)
There in the stream of refugees coming from El Salvador they worked to support the different ministries freshly grown up there. Activists from the locale joined the community. Continuing solidarity work with L.A. P&B spent a couple of months every year in Central America. The misrepresentations in the Kissinger report of 83 became their chief target. In ’84 Dan Long invited Peter to join him in forming CRISPAZ for delegations and volunteers for El Salvador.
Tabor became a temp base for volunteers, staff, and board members over succeeding years. P with the help of a bicycle spent a lot of time at the office, even when it moved from Dan’s office to Mission Rd on the south side of town. P&B did occasional talk tours following up on their earlier experience. They did a 9-month trip through Mexico and all L.A. again 1986-87 to enliven their contacts and information. P joined an investigative delegation on the border Nicaragua-Costa Rica. They were captured by ARDE Contra at gunpoint and taken off the riverboat into Costa Rican jungles to a Contra outpost. Witness for Peace office in Managua broadcast the capture and discovery. Major media from the U.S. accompanying recorded all from on the scene. Their editors managed to ignore their report.
We received hospitality everywhen along the way. We met Bishop Julio Gerardi at his Human Rights Office in Guatemala…Bishop Pedro Casaldaliga of Brazil on his solidarity visit to Nicaragua, making a 3-day retreat with him…also Cardinal Arns in Sao Paulo, Brazil…Jesuit Tercer Mundistists in Argentina, Larry Rosebaugh’s friends in Brazil, Prelate Alban Quinn, O.Carm. in Sicuani, Peru. All these contacts gave us on return credibility for talks.
Life for B&P and Spike in San Antonio was enriched by others living and working there with them. Before the trio closed Tabor there to take off for El Paso and Juarez, came Stanley DeVoogd with his two boys from Bolivia, he was due to take over coordinator for CRISPAZ. P went to Lima and several places in Brazil to escort and translate for a member of the Carmelite Provincial Council. In 1992 P&B Gave a retreat to Carmelite novices in Lima, Peru. They then went to their friends, Quechua campesina Antonina and Pepe’s place in Totorani outside Sicuani to question the 500th of America’s “discovery.”
Jan. 1994 the free trade NAFTA agreement went into effect. Traveling thru Mexico P&B arrived in Chiapas the week after the Zapatista uprising in protest of their abandon. P&B consulted with Bishop Don Samuel Ruiz who briefed them. He would be asked to mediate a dialogue between the Zs and the government. P&B went on to Central America to attend the CRISPAZ board in Salvador and for updates on the other countries. They returned to San Cristobal the next year to pick up video testimony of the Army atrocities that broke the dialogue…also a video testimony of the 200,000 march in Mexico City in support of the Zapatistas.
They closed Tabor in San Antonio on April 30th and did a talk tour in the West of the U.S. using parts of those documentaries to drum solidarity for the Zs. They opened Tabor in Juarez in Sept. 1995 to spend their remaining years accompanying the Church and people south of the border. Soon delegations from the U.S. began stopping at their Casa Tabor where in an hour or two P&B explained in detail how the U.S. rips off cheap labor and resources of Mexico. “We of the US must fight for a better deal.” We were again with our central Tabor mission: evangelize U.S. folk about imperial structures.
One year 50 delegations came to Tabor. The 2008 depression combined with extreme violence in Juarez cut off all delegations. Pope Francis’ visit an uplift. The recovery was so slow, but by 2019 39 delegations came. Then March 2020 the COVID -19 plague shut down everything. P&B had already on computers been doing their work virtually. They are part of a network picking up data and analysis of U.S. corporatocracy by trustworthy sources and helping to disseminate that far and wide.
P had a light stroke in 2018, he recovered quickly but decided at age 95 to stop celebrating Masses in public. He no longer attends the bi-weekly clergy meetings. But stays in touch with pastors nearby, especially with the priest head of a Center of Human Rights Paso del Norte. Carmelite Brother David Semmens joined Tabor in 2016 to work first as a volunteer at a refugee center in El Paso. With the advice from Jesuits he accepted a chaplaincy at the El Paso Refugee Detention Center, a big challenge now with Covid-19. With Betty’s influence Emilia Requena, a retired teacher, joined Tabor…our “deep throat” for Juarez & Mexico with the red de mujeres (network of activist women) in Juarez birthing hope.
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About the Award
Inspired in the testimony of the Martyrs of El Salvador, the CRISPAZ Peace Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the preferential option for the poor in their work for the promotion of peace and social justice.
CRISPAZ, the awarding organization, has for more than three decades enabled thousands of individuals, many from North America, to accompany the Salvadoran people in their ongoing struggle for peace rooted in justice and compassion
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Previous Award Recipients
- 2019 Jean Stokan and Scott Wright long time peace activist.
- 2018 Fr. Jon Sobrino S.J. renowned Liberation Theologian and Professor since 1964 at The University of Central American in San Salvador.
- 2017 Fr. Paul Schindler Long-time missionary with Cleveland Mission Society in El Salvador
- 2016 Fr. Tom Smolich S.J. International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services
- 2015 Hospitalito The Carmelite sisters at the Divine Providence Chapel
- 2014 Asociacion ProBusqueda. Organization that investigates cases of the forced disappearances of children during El Salvador’s civil war.
- 2013 COFAMIDE The Salvadoran Committee of Relatives of Killed or Disappeared Migrants
- 2012 CoMadres Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Prisoners, the Disappeared and the Politically Assassinated of El Salvador
- 2011 The late Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J.theology professor at the UCA, and pastoral minister to the rural community of Jayaque, La Libertad
- 2010 Sr. Peggy O’Neill director of the Art Center for Peace in Suchitoto
- 2009 Centro Monseñor Romero at the University of Central America (UCA)
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