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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana After 50 years: A personal reflec'[ion from 'Brothe By BROTHER WILLIAM DRURY, C.S.C. William Frank Drury of Washington, Ind., became a Holy Cross Brother 50 years ago  about the same time the Diocese of Evansville was es- tablished. The following article was written for the Washington Catholic High School alumni newsletter, and is used with permission. to music and theater. We went to St. Meinrad to see Shake- speare: In high school we seemed to have a good school spirit -- backing the basketball team, putting on dances and plays, working around the school and parish. From these experiences, I became interested in education and teaching; Father [Albert G.] Wicke encouraged me to become a good reader and a lover of books. My numerous degrees and teaching areas show what influence Washing- ton Catholic really was in my life. BA in Education with mi- nors in English and History, Notre Dame University. MA in Education with major in Library (Butler U). Teaching area in Art -- 50 graduate hours in Theology. MLS (library science) (IU) MSA in Business Adminis- tration (NDU) The Brothers of Holy Cross I I II Susan [Fisher] asked me, "What effect did Washington Catholic have on your life?" It gave me a good foundation and background. I was drilled in the basics, given an apprecia- tion of history, literature, and art, while religion became a part of my daily life. Some of our teachers re- warded their students for a week's work well done by read- ing to us from some of the more popular classics of the time. Later we were introduced II I II III l III STS. PETER & PAUL PETERSBURG Founded 1847 Pastor Rev. William Dietsch Total Families: 147 Total Parishioners:.390 II II I have given me a wonderful ed- ucation and a life time of expe- riences. A brother! One of the questions most frequently asked is "What is a brother?" Most everyone is fa- miliar with sisters or nuns. A brother is the male counter- part. In the early history of the monastic life most of the monks were brothers. They were never ordained priests, but did the support work of the church, living lives of prayer and work of all kinds: social, educational, medical, farming, printing, building, cooking, maintenance, etc. Most of these ministries brothers still do today, in our modern way. I had known about the brothers from my early years because the Sacred Heart Brothers had taught in the high school and my aunt and uncle were always talking about them and several young men from Washington had joined their community. A friend of the family, a Jesuit brother, used to talk to me about his experiences in the foreign missions. A Holy Cross brother came to give a talk in my junior year. The principal called me and ask if I would take Brother out for lunch. We talked and corresponded; the following ear he introduced me to the rothers of Holy Cross We were friends until he died from a car accident in West Africa 19 years later and I was sent to replace him as headmaster of our school there -- probably the most memorable years of my life. A story in itself. I I Celebrating the 50th Anniversary with the Catholic Diocese of Evansville I I [ I Another question frequently asked, "Why didn't you become a priest?" A question Father Wicke never quite understood because he thought I should be interested in the Jesuits as they were known as great teachers. At the time, or even years later, I am not sure I fully understood the reasons. The Holy Spirit works in strange ways: there was the feeling of not being worthy, the fear of directing people's spiri- tual life in confession (which I never liked), and the fear of the studies, since Latin was the language of the priests (the real clincher). Latin "was my worst subject -- the boys ended up in the back of the class. In the trenches My teaching career started in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Flatbush Ave. Then I got the word to "Go West young man," to John Bosco Center, Spokane, Wash. "a'home for boys with a problem, not for problem boys." Oh, yeah! The director got at- tacked by a boy with a butcher knife and one boy in my area had a loaded gun hidden under his clothes. Needless to say I learned a lot, besides the classes I took at Gonzaga Uni- versity and the teaching at the Prep. My next assignment was "Go South" to Notre Dame High School, Biloxi, Miss. The senior high was in an old colonial mansion facing the beach right by the lighthouse. Every class was a different subject. My next assignment was back to another school in Brooklyn, but I was soon needed in a new school in Lakewood, Ohio, which was home for me for 10 years be- fore I received a surprise phone call to get my passport, papers and shots in order and report to Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, to replace the brother who brought me into the Holy Cross community. He had been the superior and headmaster of the school, an entirely new experience for me. There is a first time for everything. A time of great challenge -- we were in the midst of changing curriculum from a British system to a New York system. The building needed repair (you almost needed an umbrella to teach in some classrooms), and we needed a couple of new build- ings or additions. We were located on Capital Hill right next to the Univer- sity of Liberia, under the watchful eye of the presiden- tial mansion and the congress. Things were changing in the Church: Vatican Council was ending, President Kennedy was killed, and race riots had started. At the end of my term, returning to the States and the classroom was a difficult change. After a few years I had time off to study and start my li- brary career; it was still teach- ing, but one on one. I spent over seven years at the Notre Dame University Library and lived in residence halls as as- sistant rector and rector, be- fore I was asked to go to the University of Portland, also under the direction of the Holy Cross Fathers (and called the Notre West.) I spent 10 faculty of the resided as halls until my problem. I still the library :i Golden Years After my the universi't Southwest a project I had been develop for about nior Friendship was founded by our community worked with in Brother William our new SFC has manY which erve the senio,s in the social, educationa health, day care, repair ships, an vices. I volunteer Health Services aS manager. I call paper pusher" and you know there records to keep and to do. Last month we ent volunteers this Health nurses, p] taries, etc. In have had 17 staff. In the fall vice gave 5,510 the County ment. I really the paper work. with Candlelight security ings. I still keep my brary work by once a week at lic Library, work in reference new Senior was completed. circulation and do for Religion is of my life: praye: spiritual reading. Eucharistic rain: reader, when 20 years. Without $ tual life, the work little. "People helpin! the philosophy velopment and forts of Senior ters and in many describe my in Holy Cross, says, "Reach out some one." I hope I am