Biographies

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The Apostle Paul encouraged his young understudy Timothy to follow in his ways, to do the things he did and to be like him.

We have all at times been encouraged and inspired by the lives of Christians, past and present, who have tapped into and accepted the grace from God to live exceptional lives for Jesus and for others. Three examples of such individuals are:

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. He is president of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Executive Director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which support research on schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. His work at the Stanley Medical Research Institute includes participating in ongoing collaborative research on viruses as a cause of these diseases. He also is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dom. Hélder, during all his life, had as light to follow the fight in defence of those less favoured one, of those excluded, of those forgotten. He acted, not only with his words, but also with concrete actions through organisms that he founded, projects that he executed, campaigns that he promoted.
He was accused of being protectionist, but how not to be it, when seeing his people in poverty, suffering of one of the largest and more humiliating privations that a human being can suffer: lacks of food.
Certainly, if more people had this “protectionist” thought, the hunger situation and poverty in the world would have today a different reality.
His concern didn’t stop thereabout, and contradicting those that accused him of being protectionist, he always looked for different and effective forms of becoming aware the people of their situation, of their duties, but also of their rights, their powers to decide with relationship to their lives, while free people, and to collect of whom should be collected, while citizens, in a search of a world socially fair.
Difficult to summarise and even gathering everything that Dom. Hélder Câmara has done in his whole life.
We tried, in a brief way, to tell you a little, with the promise of always be bringing new things, unpublished, regarding this man’s called Dom. Hélder life.

Jean Vanier is the son of the late Governor General of Canada. He served in both the British and the Canadian Royal Navies, and in 1950 left the navy to study and teach philosophy in Paris, France. There, through his friendship with a Dominican priest, Father Thomas Philippe, he became aware of the plight of thousands of people institutionalized with mental disabilities. Jean felt God’s call to do something about it, and invited two men to leave the institutions where they were living and share their lives with him in a real home. That simple act was the beginning of an international movement called L’Arche—French for “The Ark”—a network of more than 100 faith-based communities in 30 countries. At L’Arche, men and women with mental disabilities live together with their care givers in loving and spirit-filled homes. Jean Vanier was a friend and mentor of the late Fr. Henri Nouwen, a frequent guest on this program. He’s written more than 20 books, including Our Journey Home and Becoming Human. Jean travels widely, lecturing and leading retreats, and continues to make his home at the original L’Arche community in France.

Thomas a Kempis, a great devotional writer of the 15th century, wrote that when we encounter such wonderful lives, rather than feeling discouraged through comparison, we should be excited at what is possible, and be encouraged and inspired to reach out for even more of God’s grace than we had before.

Here, in this section of the website, we want to make available the accounts of some of God’s wonderful servants whose stories have touched and blessed and inspired us. As you read these amazing biographies of ordinary people doing extraordinary things through the grace and power of God, allow the Lord to encourage and inspire you.

ABUNE PETROS

ANTHONY DE MELLO

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU ; Inter racial Harmony

Alvin W. Roberts…NEIGHBORHOOD HERO
MAMIE WARD

BILL WILSON : METRO MINISTRIES

CATHY CROWE; TORONTOS STREET NURSE
Nicholas Keung

DAVID WAY
LYNDA MACGIBBON

DION OXFORD
Bonokowski

DOM HELDER CAMERA
a friend of the poor

DOROTHY DAY : Catholic Worker Movement
Jim Forester

DR HELEN CALDICOTT

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING ; I have a dream
the King Ctre

DR. PATCH ADAMS

DR.JOHN PERKINS ; let Justice Roll Down

Dr. CAL CHAMBERS; Friend of addicts

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
Donna Jacobs

FULLER TORREY MD

GENERAL WILLIAM BOOTH; Salvation Army

GRANDMA

George Mueller; Gods Faithfulness
Ed Reese

Glenda Hoffman 
By T.J. Banes

HENRI NOUWEN

HENRI NOUWEN part two

JACKIE PULLINGER ;Caring for Kowloon

Jean Vanier; L’Arche
Lydia Talbot

LOVING YOUR ENEMIES
Martin Luther King…in his own words

MAHATMA GHANDI

MENNO SIMONS:True evangelical Faith
Menno Simons

MITCH SNYDER

Menno Simons ; Pacifist and Priest
Ronald Gordon

Mitch Snyder ; Creative Nonviolence
D C News 1985

Mother Theresa : The Saint of the Gutters
Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

NELSON MANDELA

PAT NIXON; The Mustard Seed Calgary
Roy Macgregor

Rev. Dr. Pierre Allard ; Crusader for Justice and Truth

SIMONE WEIL
JILLIAN BECKER

SOPHIE SCHOLL:THE WHITE ROSE
by Jacob G. Hornberger

ST JOAN OF THE CROSS

ST. THERESA OF AVILA

Seven Deadly Social Sins
Gandhi

Sister Emmannuelle; Saint of Cairos Garbage Dump

Sister Helen Prejean: Dead man walking

Discrimination against the poor in the Criminal Justice System

St. Clare of Assisi; Our Poor Lady

St. Francis of Assisi ; Instrument of Peace
Rev. S Brandt
St Francis name conjures up images of a barefooted sack-clothed man of compassion who cares for the lepers and birds of the air with Christ-like love and devotion. However, St Francis is multidimentional as you will discover in this short biography.

St. Martin de Porres ; Praying for the Poor

St. Nicholas the Giver
Rev.S.Brandt

St. Vincent de Paul ; Helper of the Poor

TIM HUFF; Youth cry out for home
Jim Coyle

VICTOR FRANKL
Dr. C. George Boeree

William McLane, man of the streets
Andria Simmons