Historical Board of Advisors (those we who we learn and draw our inspiration from)
Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J. - German Jesuit priest and a philosopher of the German Resistance. Part of the inner Kreisau Circle resistance group, he is considered a significant figure in Catholic resistance to Nazism. Implicated in the failed 1944 July Plot to overthrow the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Delp was arrested, and sentenced to death. Executed in 1945. His posthumous writings include "Advent of the Heart."
Charles Doughty-Wylie - British Consul to the Ottoman Empire, 1909. Heroically dashed through the streets of Adana during the Turkish Counter-Revolution stopping the mass slaughter of innocents, at one point commandeering a company of soldiers and ordering them to stop the destruction. Almost single-handedly he dis-banded mobs of terrorists, secured the town, placed it under curfew, ordered in a British warship and managed to stop, at least temporarily, the wanton killing. Within 48 hours, more than 2000 Armenians had been killed and tens of thousands displaced.
Václav Havel - Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia in 41 years. He then served as the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003) after the Czech-Slovak split. Within Czech literature, he is known for his plays, essays, and memoirs. Arrested numerous times. He was known for his essays, most particularly The Power of the Powerless, in which he described a societal paradigm in which citizens were forced to "live within a lie" under the communist regime
Dietrich von Hildebrand - German Roman Catholic philosopher, theologian writer and ethicist. A fierce and vocal critic of Hitler and Nazi Germany, he was forced to flee his homeland and sentenced to death in absentia. His opposition newspaper made him the "architect of the intellectual resistance in Austria."
Lewis Hine - American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr. - One of the greatest orators in American history, King was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs.
Fr. Paul Marx, O.S.B. - Benedictine Roman Catholic Priest, "Apostle of Life", Father of the modern day pro-life movement, founder of Human Life International and the Population Research Institute and many others. Traveled the world indefatigably for four decades preaching the Gospel of Life. Planned Parenthood labeled him as "Public Enemy #1." In Rome while meeting with the Pope, St. John Paul II leaned over and whispered in his ear, "you are doing the most important work on earth."
St. Gianna Beretta Molla - Italian pediatrician, wife and mother best known for refusing both an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child, despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death. She was canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church in 2004.
Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko - Polish Roman Catholic priest, "Martyr of Communism," became associated with the opposition Solidarity trade union in communist Poland. Known for his humility and simplicity, his homilies were marked by a strong defense of human rights. Killed by agents of the Polish Communist Regime, his body was found bound and gagged and dredged from a reservoir on the Vistula River near Wloclawek Oct. 30, 1984, just 11 days after he was kidnapped while returning from a night Mass in Bydgoszcz.
Jacob August Riis - Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City. While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate the bad living conditions of poor people by exposing their living conditions to the middle and upper classes.
Sophie Scholl - German student and Christian anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich with her brother Hans. They were both executed by guillotine.
Harriet Tubman - African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry and in the post-war era, struggled for women's suffrage.
Lech Walesa - Polish politician, trade-union organizer, philanthropist and human-rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.
Armen T. Wegner - German soldier and medic in World War I, a prolific author and human rights activist. Stationed in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Wegner was a witness to the Armenian Genocide and the photographs he took documenting the plight of the Armenians "comprises the core of witness images of the Genocide."
William Wilberforce - English politician, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.