Six years after the immortal 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music made its debut, I was accepted into a doctoral program at Yale to study music history. It was 1965. As fate would have it, Rosmarie Trapp, the first-born daughter of Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria Augusta, came to Yale soon thereafter to pursue a nursing certification at Yale New Haven Hospital. Being a Catholic, she began to frequent the Catholic Chapel at Yale, More House, where I was engaged as a guitarist for the folk Masses.
My mind frequently wanders in church. Shocker, I know. In quiet moments of trying to be prayerful, my train of thought often strays, and like a dog that sneaks out the front door, it's at least a block away before I notice and grab the leash. Since graduating from Yale in May, one of its favorite destinations is, ironically, another church: Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University.