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Paul Boyle
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I believe it was July. I know it was very hot that first weekend of pastoral assistance at Fort Knox. It was the beginning of an assignment for St. Meinrad to help each weekend assignment that the community filled for over twenty years.

I had arrived early. I had been told to report to Chaplain Denelpho’s residence where we were to have supper, and, then, later go to hear confessions. I rang the doorbell. No answer. Not knowing what to do, I sat in the car awaiting the arrival of someone. We did not have air-conditioning in those days. The steaming heat was stifling.

A little while later a young priest came down the sidewalk. He was not the Chaplain, but another supply priest from Louisville. He had come by bus. It was his first day too. He was a Passionist, Fr. Paul Boyle. After brief introductions, he refused to wait in the car. It was too hot for that, he said. He tried the front door and found it unlocked. We both went in and made ourselves at home in the relative comfort of an air-conditioned living room.

Some time later, a chaplain arrived. He approached me, holding out his hand saying: "Paul Boyle." "No," I replied, " Simeon Daly." My companion held out his hand and said "Paul Boyle." The two of them kept saying: "Paul Boyle" to each other until they realized that they both had the same name. It was a charming moment. In time Paul Boyle, the Passionist, went on to become the Father General of the whole Passionist world. I knew him best when he was just a simple, but self-possessed priest who could enjoy a moment of confusion.
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