From the responses I am getting to my Redeemed Eccentric Blog, I realize that some of my poor well-wishers are imagining that I am only eating octopus in various Vietnamese Sauces. Not at all! What I am being served by the dear Vietnamese Sisters would cost me $100 a day it I went to restaurants, with great variety of chicken, pork, beef; all kinds of sauces, and amazing coconut desserts! Since the kitchen is closed in the summer when the seminarians are off on internships, Vietnamese families in Connecticut bring all kinds of food to the 25 or so Sisters here still in the summer. This is quite luxurious for some who tell me that in now totally Communist Vietnam in some villages there is no rice or meat; only sweet potatoes.
Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a dedicated widow, mother, and grandmother.