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The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts

AZARIAS, BROTHER, F.S.C. (Brothers of Christian Schools)

"He was an American who became a monk in spite of his environment, and who clung to his vows, indifferent to the ridicule which they excite in certain minds; a monk who chose the routine of a teaching life when he might have stood in the sacerdotal rank . . . He attached himself to a lay community which in its earlier days was unknown to Protestants, and was often misunderstood by Catholics. The world cannot understand a monk who is not a priest. Brother Azarias deliberately chose for a career a simple but noble office, teaching the young, in an age which surpasses imperial home by its passion for popular regard." Rev. John T. Smith, SCHOLASTIC, 42:600

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