Pere Jacques: Resplendent in Victory - by Francis J. Murphy
Lucien-Louis Bunel (1900-1945), better known by his religious name of Pere Jacques is remembered today for his extraordinary ability to bridge the differences of class, ideology, nationality, and religion that often divide the human family. Proud son of devout working-class parents, with a lifelong commitment to social justice, he became director of an elite preparatory school for sons of the most prominent families of France. He was a member of the Discalced Carmelites, a religious order dedicated to prayer and solitude, yet spent himself tirelessly in the service of others. A fervent Catholic priest, he was admired and trusted by non-believers and communist fellow prisoners in the concentration camp of Mauthausen. He was a Christian who died as a result of his efforts to harbour Jewish youths during WWII.
His cause for canonisation was opened in 1990.