Msgr.Downing HN 1960’s.What a memory.We had to go to Mass with our class if not you got the paddle Mon..Oh my god I believe in you!!
Quite a change from his predecessor, Bishop Jonn J. Boardman
I was ineligible to be an altar boy for the Roman Catholic Church.
Eliminated early on.
Was an altar boy in the early 1950’s. The rookies got the early weekday masses (oh dark-thirty) attended by the nuns and brothers. Our moderator was the much-feared Brother Augustine who, unlike other communicants, stared you in the eye as he received the Host. Big-time pressure for a little kid! Can still remember many of the Latin responses and ironing my surplice at the crack of dawn. Wonderful memories for sure.
Sleep in young man.
I always remember when we went to confession as a class, nobody would wait on Monsignor Downing’s line. All the other priest’s lines would be 8 or 9 deep
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