Brother Bernard Lisson was born on August 21, 1909 in Wawelno, Poland. Father Gregor Richert was born on May 10, 1930 in Germany. In 1978, Brother Lisson was a 68-year-old mechanic and Father Richert was a 48-year-old parish priest; combined, they had served in Zimbabwe for over sixty years.
On June 27, 1978, they were shot and killed by terrorists at St. Rupert’s Mission in the Sinoia region. Three armed members of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) forced the two men into Father Richert’s house, where a single shot followed by three shots and a burst of automatic fire were heard. St. Rupert’s Mission, where the two men had been living and serving for the five years prior to their deaths, was a combination mission and 40-bed hospital complex that catered to the needs of local tribespeople, to whom the two men were very dedicated.
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.