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Yeah, I first met Diem, ah, at, ah, Lakewood. Mary Knoll had a junior college there, and I was, ah, you know, just about eighteen, coming into Mary Knoll for the first time and Diem was already there he was, ah a certain lonely figure to us, ah, living in a room by himself, ah over in Locke Hall. Ah, I can remember my friend who was teaching him English at the time, Diem spoke French, ah, very fluently, and Bob Bouleverse , ah, ah, did speak French and so he was given the task of teaching him English, and I can remember once looking in his room and there was this pile of New York Times up, the up the side of the wall there.
But the fact that he spoke French and was not so fluent in English meant that we were unable really to get close to him, even though, as I say, he was a kind of an affectionate figure ah, a lonely man, ah we didn't see anybody ever visiting him particularly; he seemed to be pretty much by himself. Ah, we were impressed with his, ah, with his devoutness though, I know. This was in the days before Vatican 2 in the Church, and as seminarians we were up at 5:30 in the morning. The priests used to celebrate Mass over in the little chapel and called Cyril and Methodious, and you'd get over there at, ah six o'clock and Diem would already be in a pew, meditating, ah, reflecting; he would attend Mass every morning, ah you know, quite devoutly as far as we could see, and stay afterwards and pray. Ah, it was almost as though he were living the life of a
monk. In fact, he was, seemed to be, (chuckle) much more religious than we were who were studying to be priests ah, at least initially. So, here was this, ah, little man, ah...that was very small in stature ah, as I said, almost Chaplinesque in his, ah way in which he walked. Ah, I always remember him, ah, walking by himself down the paths, you know, that's sort of the image that I retain of this single person, without a great deal of hubbub around him.
And then, suddenly, one day, you know, ah, years later, ah, fleets of limousines come pulling in and, ah, flags are waving, and secret service men are all over and here is this little man who nobody thought was ah really anything but a, ah, lonely person, ah really at the end of his life, and suddenly he's, ah, whisked away and becomes very important. It was a, you know, a complete mystery to us as students.
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