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Local view: Catholic Church welcomes a convert

Published 11/18/2012, Duluth News Tribune

As a young girl, I wanted in the worst way to stay at my grandmother’s house in the city for a few days in the summer. “The city” was Melrose Park, Ill., a run-down, urbanized, predominantly black and Italian suburb of Chicago. I was 10. My mother refused, for whatever reasons mothers have; maybe she thought I would become a “city kid” or, worse, a Catholic. She sentenced me to more days in hot, rural, farm-country Illinois, days I spent bored and sweaty.

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