In my freshman year at Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., the teacher in my very first class was Father Francis Grogan of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. God could not have assigned a gentler and more calming pedagogue to allay my youthful anxieties.
He quickly convinced me that he was there to help his students and not to intimidate them. He was far too modest to talk about his duties as a sonar expert on a Navy destroyer during World War II. I learned about this only when I read his obituary in The New York Times.
I recall the first paper he asked us to write. He would have no idea at that time how prophetic its theme would be. It was based on an experience he had shortly...READ MORE