Father Andre Masse grew up in Decazeville in northern France. He took over as the director of the south Lebanon branch of St. Joseph University in east Beirut in 1985. His stated goal was to provide quality education to Muslims and Christians in order to break down religious barriers between the two groups. On September 24, 1987, unidentified assassins carrying pistols with silencers smashed down the door of his office and shot him three times in the head and twice in the shoulder, killing him instantly. Father Masse was only 47. The motives of the assassins remain unknown.
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.