Beth Porter
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

I am especially touched by Jean's gift for connecting with young people and struck by the energy that flows between him and the youth. They sense the authentcity of his love and concern for them and they are attracted by the hope-filled but realistic vision he offers them. I saw this when we did some videotaping of Jean with high school students. He and the students were completely engaged with one another, and his responses to their questions seemed to call forth deeper questioning and reflection on their part. I saw his gift also when, in 2008, he spoke to a youth forum of nearly 2000 Toronto students. He met the young people just where they were at. He spoke to their pain and difficulties and encouraged their hopes and dreams The silence in the large conference room was profound Some students wept.