1.  Who finished 3rd three years in a row in a history test administered internationally:   A.  Dan Dancause;    B.  Chris Mirus;   C .  Justin Torres

2.  What establishment gave free pizza and drinks to the girls basketball team and their supporters after a game:   A.  Mama Mia’s ;   B.  Pizza Hut;   C. 2-4-1

3.  What movie was first shown on the giant screen Mr. Buser built on the stage in the Carpeted Gym:    A.  Hoosiers;    B.  The Rookie  C.   Oliver

4.   What was  part of  the Western Dances that the Stines put on for a number of years:   A. an  Old-Time photo booth;    B.  a visit by the police;    C.  a cowboy/cowgirl costume contest

5.  What has traditionally been considered the most unusual demerit ever given:  A.  climbing out of a window into a tree in pursuit of a squirrel;     B.  listening to headphones under a hooded sweatshirt while typing in the freezing cold;   C.  jumping up and down screaming while working math problems on a chalkboard





Part VI the end of The Last Journey

   Then the bell rang three times.  It was a quarter of two.  He walked slowly out of the woodshed, then up the steep road, and into the side entrance tht led to the hallway by the infirmary stairs.  Soon the community would be rising for matins, and Father Mark would stop at my room in the infirmary to have a look at me.

   Back in the room, I noticed this typewriter on the table.  He told me to set it on the floor so that Father Mark wouldn’t notice it, and then I got back into bed.  Father Walter rang the rising bell for the space of a Miserere, and in a moment the door opened slowly, and Father Mark cautiously stuck his head in.  I patted my chest several times, that being the sign for “Good”.  Yes, I was feeling fine, very fine.

   He didn’t seem to notice that Someone was sitting on the rickety old chair by the window.  He closed the door softly and went down to the cold choir.

   After that, Jesus told me to get up again and to write down all that had happened on our journey through the Monastery.  I put my cowl on, opened the typewriter and slipped in the paper that I found inside the case.  I’ve been writing ever since.  Now it’s about three thirty, and soon the Office will be over and the Masses will begin.

   It’s getting late now.  It’s been snowing heavily for the past hour, and since He told me that tonight was the last time I would see my home here, it looks as though I will make my journey heavenward through the thick clouds of snow.  You may think that this has all been the result of my feverish imagination, but this new typewriter could hardly be that, and Father Mark will find it here on the table when he stops in to see me before saying Mass.  And now I must get back into bed…for the last time.

   He has risen from His chair by the window and is coming over here to the typewriter.  He evidently wants to add something to what I have written and I’m wondering what it will be.

                “Come, thou good and faithful servant!”


  1. All of the above.   In 1990 Mrs. Carroll learned of a history test for high school students.  She gave a practice test to the juniors and seniors to pick a three-person team for Seton to enter.  Dan, Chris and Justin were freshmen then, but she decided to give the test to them as well to see how they would do.  They outscored all the juniors and seniors and became Seton’s team for their four years of high school.   As freshmen the trio finished 8th.   In their sophomore, junior and senior years they finished 3rd each time.  Dan is now a Client Service Manager in Providence, RI, advising 45 companies and their employers on their 401K’s, Chris teaches philosophy at the University of Dallas and Justin is a lawyer and writer in New Orleans.  I had an historic e-mail from Dan a while back.  Here’s what he said, “I was listening to some music in the car the other day that we (Chris Mirus, Joe Ghering and I) listened to often at Seton and realized to my dismay that the album in question was 20 years old.  I looked in the mirror expecting to see Dorian Grey’s reflection. I’m now 34, or as I often joke, mid-life crisis T-minus 6 and counting.  I will greatly enjoy that convertible when I finally purchase it (assuming at that point they are making convertible minivans)”        I also recently read a review written by Justin of some biographies for First Things. 
  2. B.  The first year Seton was in a league – the Northern Virginia Christian Conference – the girls notched their first-ever win against Trinity Temple in Woodbridge.  Helen Waggoner was on the team and her sister Kathy worked at the Pizza Hut.  When the manager found out that it was the girls’ first win, everything was on the house.  We wished we could have a few more first-ever victories.   Mama Mia’s was the place everyone went after home basketball games at All Saints the first year of league play.  Those were great times because there were very few games – I remember Seton had 16 boys games that first season, so only about 8 home games – and it seemed that the whole school showed up for the games and then had pizza afterwards.   2-4-1 became the pizza destination later.  The time I remember best there was after a girls home game when the boys were playing at Paul VI the same night.  The boys arrived at 2-4-1 later and we found out that they had beaten Paul VI 42-40.  Dan Vander Woude was telling us the story of the game.  Seton fell behind, but Mr. VW called for them to slow the game way down.  Seton hung around, caught Paul VI and then Dan scored the winning basket with almost no time left.  Paul VI refused to play us after that for a number of years. 
  3. C.   There was a plan to have regular movie nights (I think once a month) at Seton to enhance the student body’s social life.  Oliver was the first movie chosen and there was a good turnout for the show.  However, as time went on, the coldness of the gym and the hardness of the folding chairs caused attendance to dwindle and only a few movies were shown.  Actually, the only other one I remember was Red Shoes.  The screen was used for other things, most often for backdrops in plays.   I think the other two movies mentioned were ones that the SSC showed under Katie Pretz’s direction.  I think Hoosiers was shown in the three classrooms with the sliding curtains and The Rookie was shown in the John Paul II Center on a sheet.  I think Lord of the Rings was also shown in the 3 class rooms and there was a spaghetti dinner that preceded it.
  4. A.  The Western Dances that the Stines ran were always great.  We did square dancing and the Virginia Reel.  The Stines would teach and call the dances.   The stage was made into a photo set complete with hay bales, whiskey bottles, guns and Western wear.  Mr. Scheetz would take the photos and develop them with that old-time brown look.  The yearbooks have some of these pictures in them.   The police did come to one dance, but not one led by the Stines.  It was either a  Western dance or a swing dance on a warm evening and the windows of the Carpeted Gym were open.  Someone on Maple Street called the police complaining about the noise.  The police arrived, saw a pretty tame crowd and suggested that we close the windows.  Costume contests are a Halloween Dance tradition.  One time in the old building cafeteria where dances were originally held, Ed Hunt’s costume was a paper bag with holes for the eyes cut out.  He did not win the contest.
  5. A.   This squirrel seeking demerit was given by Mr. Flagg who was a parent volunteer at the time with the enviable job of monitoring a study hall. Mr. Flagg was an airline pilot, but it sounds as if he could have been a comedy writer.  The great hunter demerit recipient was Frankie Furr.   It seems Frankie did not get his prey but not for lack of effort.  There  was a very cold  music listener in typing class.    The other demerit was an embarrassing moment for me.  I was teaching downstairs in a classroom when from the adjoining room I heard loud yelling.  I left my classroom and saw Debbie Jerge at the board cheering  I just assumed the teacher was out of the room and students were taking advantage of the situation.  As I was issuing the demerit, Mrs. Baker, who was teaching math in the room and was sitting among the students in a desk, came running up to me to explain.  The class was having math problem solving races at the board, and Debbie had just won.  She was very elated and I was chagrined.   I did not issue the demerit.



This ends the short story, but we will have one more quiz leading up to Vintage 35.  The gathering sounds as if it is going to be another great event.  I will be eager to hear all about it. 


Jezu, ufam Tobie