This is me in the 2nd grade at St. Philip Neri. I had always romanticized the lives of the very religious, but by the time this photograph was taken I had already lost my naivete. When I got to the 5th grade I announced to my mother (shaking and terrified) that I could no longer in good conscience go to church. She told me it was my decision and that was that. (Or was it the 6th grade? It was right after confirmation.)
I bring this up because I’ve had to contact nuns and priests for this book and apparently, they still scare me. I just called a nun back and even though I need the information I was calling about I was so relieved when they told me she wasn’t there! I was like, “YAY! Oh wait, no. I need that answer.”
I’m waiting to hear from the Diocese of Belleville, IL about a report a priest made about a possible poltergeist, demon or guardian angel, and from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington about a request for an exorcism that was made in 1958.
For the record, everyone has been great and patient with me. They’ve explained concepts and procedures, and given suggestions where to find things when they couldn’t help me. (<--- See? Still trying to make sure I never get sent to the Mother Superior.)