July 19, 2013

Brotherly visit

This must be Lasallian week.  The Trinity crew left Manhattan College a little before 6:30am today and after a quick stop for gas and another for coffee we were back at Trinity by 10:45am.  Shortly thereafter I met Bro. Robert Ferguson, FSC.  Bro. Robert taught English at Bishop Bradley/Trinity from 1969-1973 and happened to be in New Hampshire this week.  His was accompanying another brother who was up here for some research and they are staying at Saint Anselm Abbey.  They are friends with Bro. Andrew Thornton, OSB '64, a monk of Saint Anselm, who is a former Christian Brother.

Mr. Mailloux '72 and I took Bro. Robert around the school for a tour where he showed an amazing memory.  He remembered so many names and details of his time in Manchester.  He said he remembers things so well because it was his first and his favorite assignment as a brother.  Many brothers did not want to come to Manchester back then as it was far from other assignments but Bro. Robert asked if he could come and loved it.  He only left because his provincial said he needed him at another school.

Following our tour, Mr. Mailloux treated us to lunch at the Backroom.  For over two hours, Bro. Robert regaled us with stories and had us in stitches as he did impressions of brothers who used to work at Bradley/Trinity.  He is a fantastic story teller and a lot of fun to be around.  He has offered to come up again to chat with faculty and alumni, he is very eager to help us out.

All in all, a perfect ending to the week.

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