Father Bernard Darke was a British-born Jesuit who began his teaching career at Wimbledon College in South London. An active participant in the Scout Movement, he was eventually stationed in Guyana from 1960-1979 as a teacher at St. Stanislaus College. He also served as one of the photographers for the Catholic Standard in Guyana.

On July 14, 1979, a gang of government supporters attacked demonstrators of the Working People’s Alliance in Georgetown, Guyana. Father Darke, attempting to take photographs for the Catholic Standard, was killed when the government supporters turned and began attacking innocent bystanders. He was beaten and stabbed with a bayonet, dying later that day in the hospital from a ruptured lung around 6:00 p.m. In the words of Father John Hopkinson, SJ, the headmaster of St. Stanislaus College at the time of the murder: “It is easy to label Fr. Darke as a scout leader, as a photographer, as a teacher, as a priest, but the labels should not mask the unity and motives of a likeable and hardworking Jesuit striving to do all for the greater glory of God.”

Sources:
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22956
http://www.guyanajournal.com/guyana_1978-1980.html
http://rosalienebacchus.wordpress.com/tag/father-bernard-darke/

Shannon Doyle

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.