Religion: St. Francis-in-the-Fields

It began, as so many things begin, over cocktails. The River Valley Club is an unpretentious looking boat club on the Ohio, but its members are the rich and elite of Louisville, Ky. who tie up their cruisers there to drink and talk and play all-night poker. Church for most of them used to be a place for christenings, weddings and funerals—and perhaps for a service on Christmas and Easter. But somehow, during the war, the River Valley members began to find themselves talking about how the center of each community should be its...

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