Religion: A Death in the Family

Even into the 1960s, the Jesuit seminarians at Maryland's Woodstock College seldom left the leafy campus overlooking the Patapsco River Valley. They rose at 5:30 a.m. to the clang of a seminary bell, attended compulsory early Mass, skittered around the campus in long black cassocks. They ate their meals silently while a prefect read from learned books. But neither its cloistered atmosphere nor its age (founded in 1869, it was the oldest Jesuit theologate in the U.S.) prevented Woodstock from being the nation's most dynamic institution of Roman Catholic theology.

Woodstock led; it...

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