Recollections of My Life and Reflections on Times and Events During It: A Memoir by Father W. J. Howlett

Appointed sacristan

"Upon returning to the seminary in September, Father DaFraine, who was President of the Seminary and Pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, appointed me sacristan of the church. This gave me even more privileges than I had as prefect, for I was particularly free except at class time. Freed from the distractions of a crowded study hall, I could apply myself to the preparation of my classes and do some reading besides. I liked the work of sacristan for it made me familiar with the different services of the church, and all the solemn offices were performed there instead of in the seminary chapel. I liked all the altar breads the old fashion irons, which were two plates of steel polished and engraved on one side and fastened together with two long crossed handles and heated in an ordinary stove fire. It was not hard when you knew how to work them."

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