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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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St. Benedict's Prep from Depression to War, 1926–1945

St. Benedict's Prep from Depression to War, 1926–1945

(p.61) 4 St. Benedict's Prep from Depression to War, 1926–1945
Miracle on High Street

Thomas A. McCabe

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the effect of the Great Depression and World War II on St. Benedict's prep school. Depression and war marked Father Boniface Reger's headmastership at St. Benedict's. Despite that, a sense of security and confidence pervaded St. Benedict's, largely because of the calm, considerate leadership of Father Boniface Reger. While the Great Depression and then World War II rightly grabbed the headlines, a fascinating subplot began to unfold within the monastic community that significantly affected the futures of both the abbey and the school. Once again, the monks questioned the suitability of a monastery and its school in the middle of a major city, and even considered moving to the suburbs. The rest of the chapter discusses the victory drives and commando courses coordinated at St. Benedict's and the debate over the Delbarton estate.

Keywords:   Great Depression, World War II, Father Boniface Reger, victory drive, commando course, Delbarton

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