Matt Brdecka and his brother, John, lived at Maryville Academy when Father Smyth was there and wrote an article about their memories. If you lived at Maryville or worked there in the group homes you can relate to this story.
Born in Chicago, Rev. John P. Smyth is a 1952 graduate of DePaul Academy and a 1957 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He captained the Notre Dame basketball team his senior year; was selected an All-American; and was a first-round draft choice of the then young NBA’s St. Louis Hawks. He elected to forgo a professional basketball career and entered the seminary instead.
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