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Miracle on High StreetThe Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark,
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Thomas A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233106

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233106.001.0001

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The Headmaster and the Street, 1977–1986

The Headmaster and the Street, 1977–1986

(p.224) 10 The Headmaster and the Street, 1977–1986
Miracle on High Street

Thomas A. McCabe

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the life of Father Edwin Healy and the miracle he performed on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (formerly High Street). The longest-serving headmaster in the history of St. Benedict's Preparatory School did not get in to the school on his first try. Monsignor Charles asked the school to reconsider Dennis Leahy's case. In hindsight, it was also the best thing for St. Benedict's, as Dennis Leahy became Father Edwin, the Benedictine monk who proved pivotal in saving his alma mater. Father Edwin possesses a magnetism that draws talented people and resources to his school. His ability to understand, command, and hold the rapt attention of various audiences is impressive. The chapter notes that St. Benedict's relentless adversary was the street, where drugs and lethargy were ubiquitous, and where debased values competed with the school's good works.

Keywords:   Father Edwin, Monsignor Charles, alma mater, High Street, drugs

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