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Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

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Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

The young female student sitting in my office late on a Wednesday afternoon had come for guidance on her English research paper. But she wanted to know first if she could ask me a personal question. Is it true that I was once a monk? "Yes," I replied with a faint smile. I didn't elaborate, though at this stage in my life, I wouldn't have a problem giving her the gory details.

In 1964, having just finished high school in Dublin, I went off to Mount Melleray