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I have recently transferred to Brighton, MA to work as the Northeast Delegate for the OCDS membership. I have been asked to give you a brief autobiography.

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. My family moved to Belmont in 1946 where I grew up. I enter the Discalced Carmelite Order in Waverly, NY in 1967, thirty-eight years ago. I already had a Bachelorís Degree in Scholastic Philosophy from St. Francis College in Biddeford ME [now the University of New England]. I made my first vows on August 15, 1968. I studied theology at Catholic University in Washington, DC and was ordained a priest on May 10th1972.

I have lived in many of our monasteries in this Province. This is my second stay in Brighton. I lived in Waverly, NY three times; West Milwaukee twice; Two short visits Brookline, MA; twice at Holy Hill in Wisconsin, once in DC, our hermitage in Hinton, WV. and once in Peterborough, NH for 13 years. I was the superior in New Hampshire and Holy Hill.

I lived with Fr. Regis Jordan for the first time when I entered the Novitiate in 1967. I knew John Grennon, now Fr. John, while I was at St. Francis College. Twenty years later John entered the Order himself. So we are old college friends. I look forward to working with both of them at delegates to the OCDS membership.

Those of you who know me know that I like icons. Icons help me in my prayer and meditation; I use them also for preaching retreats and homilies as well. My office and room are not finished because I have a pile of icons in each room just waiting to go on the walls, shelves, tables, and desk. I just have not had the time to plan their arrangement. One day soon they will be arranged.

Fr. Paul Fohlin, O. C. D.

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