St. Vincent's Home for Boys

Edward Rohs and Judith Estrine

in Raised by the Church

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823240227
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240265 | DOI:
St. Vincent's Home for Boys

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In 1961, when Ed was fifteen, he was moved from St. John's to St. Vincent's Home for Boys in an area of slums, notorious for drugs and crime, in downtown Brooklyn. After summer in Camp Christopher, St. Vincent's summer camp for its boys, he struggled to adjust to a new environment, one that was noisy, overcrowded, and frightening. Chapter 8 describes this urban institutional world, discussing its strict and militaristic schedule and staff no longer comprised of men and women from religious orders; the poor food preparation and delivery services; and how the institution dealt with frequently rebellious adolescents. The chapter also discuss Ed Rohs' participation on the St. Vincent's Crusaders, the home's football team and provides anecdotes relating to the overt racism he witnessed when the team went to play in other communities.

Keywords: St. Vincent's Home for Boys; St. Vincent's Crusaders; adolescents; downtown Brooklyn; Camp Christopher; racism

Chapter.  7869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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