Since I last wrote I have been asked to move on to be Chaplain for a retirement home for our Holy Cross Teaching Brothers. They have need of a new Chaplain having lost their Chaplain of some 23 years in an accident on their property. So, I'm packing up and moving on. All your thoughts in "Legacies" fit into my uprooting. I go from Massachusetts to New York State (to Valatie, just south east of Albany.) Actually I'll have less responsibility. I can relax in my 76th year and share my last years with retired teaching Brothers!
Washington Post, September 12, 2001
The victims (on United Airlines, Flight 93) included a Roman Catholic Priest, the Rev. Francis Grogan, 76, who had been bound for a vacation with his younger sister in Ramona, California, before assuming a new position as the chaplain of a retirement home for Holy Cross brothers in Upstate New York.
Dear flesh, while I do pray, learn here thy stem
And true descent; that when thou shalt grow fat,And wanton in thy cravings, thou mayest know,That flesh is but the glass which holds the dustThat measures all our time; which also shallBe crumbled into dust. Mark here belowHow tame these ashes are, how free from lust,That thou mayest fit thy self against the fall.