A Michaelman Recalls

It was 1947 when, after graduating from Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Rutland, Vermont, I entered St. Michael’s College as a freshman in order to study to become a diocesan priest

At registration I was helped by a cleric who introduced himself at Brother Anthony Krutch, SSE. He was probably the first lay brother I had ever met. He invited me to attend the Sunday night movie in that hall, a building moved to the campus from the adjoining military post, (Ft. Ethan Allen). At that time Brother Anthony was working in the office of the Dean of Men – Fr. Laurezo D”Agostino, SSE.

During my freshman year Brother became a close friend. We had coffee together nearly every day and I became so attracted to the Society of St. Edmund that at the end of my freshman year I entered the on campus residence of young students at St. Michael’s College who were planning to be priests in the Society of St. Edmund. The following year I entered the novitiate of the SSE’s in Putney, Vermont where I lived for nearly a year before deciding priesthood was not my vocation and I returned to St. Michael’s College for my final two years of study.

My friendship with Brother Anthony continued. At the end of my junior year I accompanied him on a visit to his family in Cleveland, Ohio. Following my graduation from SMC in 1952 I studied social work at Boston College and later, in 1965, earned my doctorate in social work at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Over many years he remained my closest friend. My daughter and I visited him when she was exploring what college she might attend in the late 1970s. Some years later I visited Brother Anthony’s grave in Swanton, Vt.

– Daniel E. Jennings DSW (now age 88, living in assisted living in Spring, TX)

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