Though Father Nicolas Kluiters originally studied business and art, he still joined the Society of Jesus at age 25 in his home country of Holland. In 1966, his request to be sent to Lebanon was granted. Once there, he completed his novitiate, studied Arabic from 1966-1968, and studied the social sciences from 1968-1969. Following that, he studied philosophy and theology in Lebanon and France and was ordained a priest in 1973 in Amsterdam. In 1974, he began serving the poor in isolated Maronite villages from his base in the Taanayel monastery in the Bekaa valley. In 1977, he began working in the village of Barqa, where he helped renovate a church, build a home for a priest, and construct a school and a monastery.
However, when Father Kluiters was returning from celebrating mass in Hermel on March 13, 1985, he disappeared. After 17 days, on April 1, his dead body was discovered in a ditch; it showed signs of having been shot, hanged, and stabbed. He was only 44 years old.
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.