The Reunion

Cocktail in hand, I walked up to a group of three of my classmates at the gathering that marked the fiftieth anniversary of our ordination as priests. As I joined these men with whom I had spent six years of my youth, one of them, Frank, asked, “Have you had heart bypass surgery?” Taken aback by the question, I answered that I had not. With a mixture of pride and resignation, he said, “The three of us have.”

Along with the fifteen other men in the dining room of the Immaculate...

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William F. Powers, a retired professor of sociology, lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with Ann, his wife of thirty-nine years.