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A departed age - thank God!,
This review is from: Seminary Boy (Paperback)
I found this book engrossing and rather moving. Perhaps this was because I went through many of the same experiences at the same age at another junior seminary.
How did well-meaning people subject very young adolescents to such treatment!
Like John I was extremely devoted to what I believed was my "calling", but unlike him I was desperately unhappy, suffering terrible homesickness. This I "offered up" as part of the sacrifice to be made to become a priest.
Eventually I did end my seminary studies and like John became lukewarm about the Church.
After thirty years I resumed my studies for the priesthood in a rather different orientated church and am now practising as a (rather scarred) priest.
This is why I find his experiences such an true account of what so many youngsters were subjected to in their desire to serve God.
The only thing he does miss out on is the marvellous education, academically, that these institutions delivered to many who would never have made it to a grammar school.He benefited from that as have others who have ended up in quite exalted university positions.