Jean Donovan

Jean Donovan

April 10, 1953 - December 2, 1980
Missionary to El Salvador volunteering to feed the poor during the country's civil war
From Westport, Connecticut
Served in El Salvador
Affiliation: Catholic
Death: Raped and murdered by a military death squad
"I don’t know how the poor survive. People in our positions really have to die to ourselves and our wealth to gain the spirituality of the poor and oppressed."

Jack Heaslip

Jack Heaslip

February 21, 1944 - February 21, 2015
Parish Pastor and notably influential to the band U2 (from the 1970s until his death)
From Ireland
Served in Dublin, Ireland
Affiliation: Christian
"What if God is even greater than we think? We can have God neatly wrapped up in our heads, and then all of a sudden there’s a little shaft of light and we see things as we’ve never seen them before. Those are wonderful refreshing God moments."

John Wimber

John Wimber

February 25, 1934 - November 17, 1997
Founder of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship
From Kirksville, Missouri
Served in Anaheim, California
Affiliation: Vineyard Movement
"Our passion is to imitate the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Spirit. This requires we must follow Jesus out of baptismal waters, through our personal deserts, and into the harvest. We want to take the ammunition of the balanced evangelical theology with the fire power of Pentecostal practice, loading & readying the best of both worlds to hit the target of making & nurturing disciples…"

Eugene Peterson

Eugene Peterson

November 6, 1932 - October 22, 2018
Pastor, Author, Professor
From Stanwood, WA
Served in Bel Air, Maryland and Vancouver, British Columbia
Affiliation: Presbyterian
"It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement."

Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich

September 4, 1926 - December 2, 2002
Philosopher and Priest
From Vienna, Austria
Served in United States, Mexico, and Germany
Affiliation: Catholic
"The machine-like behaviour of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed."

Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor

March 25, 1925 - August 3, 1964
Author
From Savannah, Georgia
Served in Milledgeville, Georgia
Affiliation: Catholic
"What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you fell you can't believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God."

John Paul II

John Paul II

May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005
Bishop of Rome
From Wadowice, Poland
Served in Vatican City, Italy
Affiliation: Catholic (Roman Rite)
"Only in Christ can men and women find answers to the ultimate questions that trouble them. Only in Christ can they fully understand their dignity as persons created and loved by God. Jesus Christ is "the only Son from the Father…full of grace and truth."

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

December 11, 1918 - August 3, 2008
Writer and Historian
From Kislovodsk, Russian
Served in Germany and Russia
Affiliation: Russian Orthodox
"This is certainly true. Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul. That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life. We have arrived at an intellectual chaos."