Religion: Shock Troops

As happy as a group of college alumni back for reunion, 31 Catholic missionary priests and bishops arrived last week at a huge grey stone building overlooking the Hudson River near Ossining, N.Y. They represented some 400 Maryknoll Fathers scattered across the world, and they had traveled hard and far — from ten countries in the Orient and Latin America — to be at their society's decennial general chapter.

Neither the grey stone building nor its inhabitants had an air of contemplation, isolation or monasticism. The delegates laughed, quipped, swapped stories of their experiences like young returned war veterans.

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