Appreciation: "Fa' Mallette" was a living saint to those he served. He died in March at age 85, having lived 60 of those years as a priest.
GSR Preview: What Sr. Margaret Brennan leaves behind will well outlast the century.
Appreciation: Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Margaret Brennan, theologian and educator, was an advocate for empowering women religious to own their own experiences of God and of life.
Appreciation: The soul of Fr. Ed Hays took form in his drawings, paintings and writings.
Camaldolese Benedictine Fr. Bruno Barnhart, author and spiritual director, was "a scintillating intellect, but he also had a deep wisdom. He was a marvelous spiritual director."
Appreciation: Phyllis Tickle, a best-selling religion author, popular speaker and influential scholar, died at her home Sept. 22.
Appreciation: Gene Kennedy was direct, honest. The world of the clergy is sick, and the church would never heal from the abuse crisis until the entire culture was cleansed.
Appreciation: In his vision, the Divine imbued all matter, and the sacraments were aids to open our eyes to the richness of God's all-embracing love.
Appreciation: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh was a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the USCCB.
Appreciation: Robert McClory made me laugh from the first time I saw him. I'm talking about shoulder-shaking, body-convulsing laughter.