Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MY BEARDS OVER TIME


GOING THROUGH SOME OLD PHOTOS,
I REALIZED THAT I REALLY MISSED MY BEARD


(Below) My First Communion picture?





(Below) PRE-BEARD ON ORDINATION DAY 
May 16, 1970





(Below) PRE-BEARD AT 27 YEARS OLD - A YEAR AND A HALF ORDAINED
Saint Mildred Church - Somerset, Kentucky
September 21, 1971






(below) @ 1972 I grew my beard on a back-packing trip to Europe. The photo below was taken in Belgium during that first trip to Europe. When I came home, I did not show anyone in the parish until I walked down the isle for Sunday Mass. You could hear audible gasps. After Mass, I heard two old ladies talking about the beard. One of them came to my defense, saying, "Well, Saint Francis had a beard!" The other one, shot back, "Yes, but he isn't Saint Francis!" 





(below) The photo below was taken in Monticello, Kentucky, at Saint Peter Church, @ 1977.





(below) The photo below was taken about the time I became Pastor of the Cathedral in 1983.





(below) The photo below was taken @1990





(below) To celebrate my 25th anniversary as a priest, in the photo below, I cut off part of my beard in 1995 .






(below) This was my beard during the years when I worked at Saint Meinrad Seminary.




(below) During my years working at Saint Meinrad. 




In the photo below, I had quit dying my beard for a short time because I had become allergic to the dye. Ugh! 





In the photo below, I celebrated my retirement by cutting off my beard altogether because it had turned white when I quit dying it and someone said I looked like Colonial Sanders. 







(Below) I really miss having a beard of some size and shape. Below is what I look like now - four years into retirement without a beard.





(Below) I am thinking about growing another beard! But again, maybe not! 

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