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From the Monastery to AA

He'd never have guessed where he'd find God and peace of mind

I was born in the Bronx, and when I graduated from high school, I received the opportunity of fulfilling a lifelong dream of someday becoming a Catholic priest. This opportunity came in the form of a scholarship to attend a monastery in Baltimore, Md. After three years of study, I came to the conclusion that I did not have avocation to the priesthood after all.

I received a dispensation from Rome, and I was exempted from my vows. I suffered from feelings of detachment, low self-esteem, and an inferiority complex. Even in a monastery, one cannot escape the affects of alcoholism. Free of the discipline of monastery life, I decided to serve my country and joined the service. I enlisted and served for four years. That is where I found alcohol. There was just one little problem.

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