I read his Models of the Church while at Notre Dame, and had the privilege of hearing him speak here in Eugene shortly after we arrived.
He impressed me as a wise, gentle, and godly man. Indeed, whenever I picture the apostle John at the end of his life, I think of Avery Dulles. Long ago Etienne Gilson wrote an essay, "The Intelligence in the Service of Christ the King." Avery Dulles lived out that service.
>Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat eis ;
cum Sanctis tuis in aeternum,
quia pius es.