Father Amando López was born in 1936 in Burgos, Spain. He spent much of his time in Central America in Nicaragua and was very active there before and shortly after the Sandinista revolution when he helped many suffering individuals. In 1984, Father López moved back to El Salvador to teach philosophy and theology at the University of Central America. He also served as a pastor to the poor community in Tierra Virgen near Soyapango.
When asked how he felt about leaving San Salvador Farther López responded: “But our hope is not in leaving, it is here. If I leave, the crisis will stay. Here I may be able to effect change.” Father Amando López was killed on November 16, 1989 along with seven others in El Salvador for refusing to stop voicing concerns over the human rights issues of the poor.
Shannon Doyle is a Junior at John Carroll university from Westfield, NJ. Last semester she studied at NUI Maynooth in Ireland. She is majoring in sociology with a minor in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights and is planning to complete her masters in Non-Profit Administration. She bacame interested in the Ignatian Solidarity network after attending the Ignatian Family Teach-in last fall. She has been involved in many volunteer activities in and outside of campus including volunteering each summer at Sister Pat’s Kids Camp in New York for kids with cancer and blood disorders. last summer she also volunteered with the York Street Project in Jersey City which helps young mothers complete their high school degree. At John Carroll she is also President of the Carroll Cinema Society and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team.