Appreciation: I still remember my very first class with Fr. Richard McBrien. Two insights from that day in 1997 have stayed with me.
Appreciation: So many of us saw in Dick McBrien a genuine spokesman for our ideas and aspirations about a church styled with Second Vatican Council ideals.
Appreciation: Actor Edward Herrmann was an incredibly kind and decent man who was willing to help others right up until he died on Dec. 31.
Appreciation: Beatrice Bruteau, one of the most powerful shaping influences on contemporary mystical theology, interspirituality, and contemplative practice, died Nov. 16. She was 84.
Global Sisters Report: Sr. Christine Vladimiroff refused to follow a Vatican order to prohibit Sr. Joan Chittister from speaking at a conference advocating women's ordination.
Appreciation: At his funeral Mass, Msgr. Ignatius Roppolo finally took center stage as hundreds came to celebrate the priest they had come to cherish.
Appreciation: Dominican Sr. Kaye Ashe was part of a generation of smart, gutsy women who opened the world's eyes to Catholic women's potential and barriers to its fulfillment.
Appreciation: Nelson Mandela's innate faith in God remains an untold yet pivotal chapter in his story.
Appreciation: Marie Varley, a former Caldwell Dominican sister who served with Church World Service for many years, died Sept. 2 at age 75.
During Vatican II, Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis worked with prominent figures such as Jesuit Fr. John Courtney Murray and Swiss theologian Fr. Hans Küng.