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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 Duke, Divine Comedy, and Discipline at St. Benedict's Prep

The Duke, Divine Comedy, and Discipline at St. Benedict's Prep

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(p.82) 5 The Duke, Divine Comedy, and Discipline at St. Benedict's Prep
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Miracle on High Street
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Thomas A. McCabe

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823233106.003.0006

This chapter discusses the life of Father Dunstan Smith, called “the Duke” and the sense of discipline at St. Benedict's. One of the distinctive elements of a Catholic school education has been its emphasis on discipline. While discipline has always mattered at places like St. Benedict's, the nature of punishment has changed over time, often in surprising ways. By the 1960s, though, Dunstan's rough, ready, and at-times repugnant methods became outdated as students came to question the authority of church and state like never before. While strict discipline and harsh punishment marked student life at St. Benedict's, the school's atmosphere was also part “divine comedy” because there was occasion for discipline with room for fun and humor. In particular, students came to love the telling, and retelling, of so many of the “cat-and-mouse” antics, because in seeking out the divine, discipline at St. Benedict's was often comic.

Keywords:   the Duke, Father Dunstan Smith, discipline, divine comedy, punishment

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