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The Little Vatican

Thank you for the well-researched article that captured both the history and the spirit of the Gonzaga neighborhood (“Living in ‘Holy Land’,” Mike Schmeltzer, Feb. 17).

I also grew up there, in the house next door to the one known to us as the Raineys’ (pictured on page 9), graduating from St. Al’s in 1963 and Holy Names in 1967. The early risers among the parishioners were able to attend 6 a.m. Mass said by Father O’Malley. It was a family neighborhood and among the many wonderful neighbors on our block were the Ormsbys.

Two very small additions: Gonzaga High School was originally located in the basement of the College building and Holy Names Academy had a small grade school.

Linda Carroll


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