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John Nolan

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Excerpt from the "Writings of Brother E"

John --- After his schooling in Mount Sion, Waterford, he joined the Irish Christian Brothers. After my own entrance into the same institution, I was always hearing of the splendid Religious my cousin, Brother Baptist, was and of the advisability of imitating him. He was such a keen observer of the Rules in all their detail that he was chosen as Socious to the Novice Master to act as a model for the novices. On the establishment of the American Province of the Brothers in New York City, John was chosen to be one of the pioneering Brothers. He taught for many years in America, still held in high esteem by his fellow Religious. Suddenly, in his forties and for no apparent reason, he decided to return to lay life. His departure has always remained a complete mystery to his many admirers in the Congregation, especially since he never married. He obtained a position in a cinema in New York City and there he worked until his retirement. He died in a hospital in New York City. The good num who attended him wrote to his niece, Mary Nolan Pollock, telling her that John had died a most saintly death and that she marveled that a layman could be so pious.


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