Mike Stack, who until recently served as the Site Leader for Rachel’s Vineyard in Detroit, passed away on August 14, 2014, the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the great saints for the pro-life movement (Kolbe willingly took the place of another prisoner at Auschwitz who had been condemned to die in a starvation bunker).
I first met Mike at a Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference many years ago, and we had several great conversations over the years about the healing of the wounds of abortion. When I was in Rome in 2007, at the Papal audience with Pope Benedict XVI, I heard someone call my name — it was Mike Stack, on pilgrimage there from Michigan!
Mike was one of the first people to sign up as a member of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy, and he took the call to holiness as the answer to abortion seriously. We will miss you, Mike, but we also believe in the power of the intercessory prayer of those who have gone before us into the Kingdom of heaven. So Mike, pray for all of us! God bless you, and we look forward to our final reunion in heaven!