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

Thomas A. McCabe

in Miracle on High Street

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233106
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233106.003.0005
St. Benedict's Prep from Depression to             War, 1926–1945

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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