Father Joaquín López y López was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador in 1918 and became a Jesuit in 1952. In 1969 he helped to raise money to create the organization Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy), which he directed until his death. The organization had a large impact with thirty educational centers and 48 000 beneficiaries including children, youth and adults which addresses the lack of education in El Salvador; an issue of great concern to Father Joaquín López y López.
Father Joaquín López y 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.