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Edward Rohs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240227

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240227.001.0001

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My Earliest Years

My Earliest Years

(p.33) 5 My Earliest Years
Raised by the Church

Edward Rohs

Judith Estrine

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the history of The Angel Guardian Home, Ed Rohs' first institution and one of the many institutions for children founded by the Sisters of Mercy that began as an orphanage and that today facilitates adoption and the reunification of biological families. The chapter includes reminiscences of Sr. Johanna, a beloved Sister of Mercy who was responsible for Ed in his earliest years and who remained a guiding force in his life; a visit to Ed's second institution, the Convent of Mercy, a magnificent convent that was closed after 146 years of continuous service to the community; and Ed's fortuitous meeting with Sr. Johanna's sister, Katherine McCarthy, who would become his “Aunt Katherine”, a loving surrogate parent.

Keywords:   Angel Guardian Home, Convent of Mercy, surrogate parent, adoption, reunification, Sr. Johanna reminiscence, Aunt Katherine

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