Mike Noonan
New Zealand

I remember the first time that I saw Jean was at a retreat which he was leading. I remember walking into a group which was unlike any retreat group that I had seen before. There were old people and young people, priests, religious and lay people, people who couldn’t walk, people who couldn’t talk. There were people with PhD’s and people with intellectual disabilities, people from different Christian traditions and people of different cultures. They were united in wanting to listen and to share about the Gospels. It seemed to me that this was a foretaste of Heaven and Jean was the remarkable person who had drawn such diversity together.