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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259333

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Back in the 80s in grade school I went to St Clares on SI. Every Wednesday we would have to recite some prayer in front of Fr Hicks who sounded like Darth Vader. If you even wavered, he would grab you by the ear and make you get down on your knees. Next would be the ruler to the knuckles. Only the boys. I remember kids wetting the floor with him. Sister Jean Marie use to lock you in a closet if you were caught fooling around.
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259334

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I grew up in Brooklyn and know all the different neighborhoods well from my part time job during high school and all of college delivering flowers, so I know Clinton Hill well. In the early to late 1970's that area was very rough. I think it has come back a long way since then like other areas, Ft. Green, Williamsburg, Bushwick.

Brooklyn is cooler than Manhattan to many people.

The good Sister's of St. Joseph, not as big on being disciplinarians as my nuns, the Sisters of (Show No) Mercy!
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259335

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After 17 years of Catholic schools, in looking back, no one didn't get exactly what they deserved...
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259336

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Since we're on the subject of the benefits of a good Catholic education, I had 12 years of it. There were 8 years under the Good Sisters of Saint Catherine of Alexandria and 4 with the good Franciscan Brothers

The nuns, ( in the 50's and 60's ) always knew the tricks of how to instill discipline. They knew that hitting your hand with the ruler as it was laying on the desk hurt a hell of a lot more that if it was lifted off the desk. And they proved that daily. They were vicious. They slapped a friend of mine on his face causing red welts. His mother went to see the offending nun and she was suspended. Today, a law suit .

The Franciscan Brothers were heavy hitters also. One in particular would hit you in the center of your chest with his closed fist. Talk about your heart skipping a beat. It would take a good 30 seconds to recover and catch your next breath. I guess they figured you were older and bigger and could take it.

But these were the exceptions. In general both the nuns and Friars were good people and left me with many memories.
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259338

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If there is a hell, my mom is pretty certain that it's full of the nuns from her grammar and high schools.

It was the psychological abuse that hurt more. My mom was poor. And the good sisters often reminded the class of that.
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259339

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MainMan wrote:
If there is a hell, my mom is pretty certain that it's full of the nuns from her grammar and high schools.

“The road to Hell is paved with the bones of erring priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”

St. John Chrysostom (attributed)
Chuck Norris once fought superman. The loser had to wear his underwear over his pants.
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259340

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Las Vegan wrote:
Monte wrote:
BrookJersey Redmen wrote:
St. John's MN has or had a legendary football coach and a great lower tier program.

St. John's MD and NM a bit of an alternative type liberal arts college.

There are even other St. John's colleges out there too; maybe one in the northwest?

St. Joseph's name is used in a number of colleges too, including a small one in downtown Bklyn that used to be just for women.

I know St. Joe's in Brooklyn well. It's in Clinton Hill. I went to the now closed St. Angela Hall elementary school right across the street. There was a girl's high school attached, which always made going to school enjoyable. Especially in the warm weather when the high school girl's would sit out in the school yard and sun themselves. All three schools run by the good Sister's of St. Joseph. One of the more progressive(I hate using that word) orders of nuns around. In fact, I think they may have been the first order of nuns to go from the wearing the old habits to the newer ones which were less cumbersome and included skirts. When the elementary and High Schools closed, the college bought the buildings for the college. I think those buildings are now called "St. Angela Hall at St. Joseph's College". Some of the most beautiful old buildings that you'll ever see.

I experienced the Sisters of St. Joseph in elementary school, and while some were amazing at keeping order and teaching, with fifty kids in each class, others beat the boys like animals. As long as it wasn't you on the receiving end, it made for great entertainment and memories.

I helped provide the entertainment and the memories
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259341

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BrookJersey Redmen wrote:
Monte

I grew up in Brooklyn and know all the different neighborhoods well from my part time job during high school and all of college delivering flowers, so I know Clinton Hill well. In the early to late 1970's that area was very rough. I think it has come back a long way since then like other areas, Ft. Green, Williamsburg, Bushwick.

Brooklyn is cooler than Manhattan to many people.

The good Sister's of St. Joseph, not as big on being disciplinarians as my nuns, the Sisters of (Show No) Mercy!

I went to elementary school from 64'-72'. When I was old enough(late 60's) I'd take the bus from Bushwick, where I grew up, down DeKalb Ave to school. I'd make the return trip home on the Lafayette Ave bus. Morning's were fine since I got on the bus right across the street from my house on DeKalb and Wilson. Afternoons, OTOH, were oftentimes an adventure as I waited on Lafayette and Washington. Boy have times changed.
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STJ vs. SJU 2 months 1 week ago #259342

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Growing up in Maspeth, Queens I attended St. Stanislaw Elementary. I can't think of a decent St.Joseph nun in my 8 years there. They were old and frustrated, disliking boys and favoring females. Can't ever forget the day my eight grade teacher, Sister Albertina a 6' 2' monster, was asking each row catechism questions. After questioning seven rows she tells my last row if we don't answer correctly she will whack the hell out of us. Here I was prepared but shi...... in my pants .All these nuns should have been put out to pasture. Recently I received a request for donations to the St.Joseph's Retirement Fund. I'll leave it to you to figure how much I sent them. Thank God for the Marist Brothers in high school.
Another unbelievable story while I'm at it. My seventh grade weird teacher, Sister Stephanis would hold Variety Shows on Friday. As she called on one of my friends to be emcee I got his attention telling him I would give him five comic books not to have me perform in front of the class. Everything was going fine until he calls on Frank, a slow, quiet kid sitting in front of me. As expected Frank stands silently. Dumb Sister S.tells me to help Frank, so I start singing, Take me out to the ball game ....and of course Frank remains silent. Now dumb ass comes to me and insist I sing Oh Beautiful ........pinching my cheek and slapping my face after every word. To top this idiot's mentality she informs me I would not receive any hard Christmas candy at the after school Christmas party. And you wonder why I didn't donate?..
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