Spreading Good News (Part 272 – Twins Through the End!)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about my books!!

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THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends”

Kortani Carter of Los Angeles, California, says, “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends is an excellent story because it lets children know that they don’t have to be ashamed or try to hide who they are just because they might be tall, overweight, or because of their ethnic background. They can grow up to be what they want to be.  And not let other people get in their way of getting a good education. Very Inspiring!!!!”

 

Read the preview and reviews for Jette Black and Her Seven Friends and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

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TODAY’S QUOTE

NEVER LET YOUR HEAD HANG DOWN.  NEVER GIVE UP AND SIT DOWN AND GRIEVE.  FIND ANOTHER WAY.  ~ SATCHEL PAIGE

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TODAY’S BLOG

This is one of the best, most heartwarming stories I’ve ever read!  Hope you enjoy it, too.

 

Twins Through the End!

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester were born seconds apart 92 years ago. They died hours apart this week. The Buffalo-born brothers were also brothers in the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor. Professed friars for 65 years, they spent much of that time working together at St. Bonaventure University, doing carpentry work, gardening and driving visitors to and from the airport and around town.

“It was fun to see them, just quiet, gentle souls,” Yvonne Peace, who worked at the St. Bonaventure Friary for nearly 21 years, said Friday.

They died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Brother Julian in the morning and Brother Adrian in the evening.

Both died of heart failure, said Father James Toal, guardian of St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, where the inseparable twins lived since moving from western New York in 2008.

“It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives,” St. Bonaventure spokesman Tom Missel said. “Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together.”

Julian and Adrian Riester were born Jerome and Irving on March 27, 1919, to a couple who already had five daughters. They took the names of saints upon their ordination in the Catholic church.

“Dad was a doctor and he said a prayer for a boy,” Adrian once said, according to St. Bonaventure. “The Lord fooled him and sent two.”

After attending St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, the brothers were turned away by the military because of their eyesight, the university said. One had a bad left eye, the other a bad right eye.

Eventually they joined the friars of Holy Name Province in New York City. They received separate assignments before reuniting at the seminary at St. Bonaventure from 1951 to 1956. After serving parishes in Buffalo for 17 years, they returned to St. Bonaventure in 1973 and spent the next 35 years there.

They had separate rooms in the friary but one telephone extension that rang into both, Peace recalled. It was usually the more talkative Adrian who answered, though Julian possessed a quiet authority. They never said who was born first.

“Brother Julian was like the big brother. Brother Adrian would defer to him,” Peace said. “They picked up one of our friars at the airport one time and the friar said, `Can I take you to dinner?’

“Brother Adrian looked at Brother Julian and said, `We aren’t going to dinner?’ `No, we’ll go home,'” Peace said. “So that was it. No discussion, no contradicting. `No, we aren’t going today.'”

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church in St. Petersburg. Afterward, the brothers’ bodies will be flown to Buffalo and buried Wednesday at St. Bonaventure Cemetery, across the street from the university.

 

~ Source:  The Internet

 

NOTE FROM JOYCE:  These twins died on Wednesday, June 1.  If you want to read the comments for this story, here’s the link to the story as it appeared on the Internet (the comments are at the bottom of the story):  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110604/ap_on_re_us/us_twin_friars_die

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~ Joyce Fields

 

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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3 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 272 – Twins Through the End!)

  1. Kortnie and Konto says:

    Touching!
    Look at Squiddy’s name.

  2. Nita says:

    What a nice story! I’m glad they passed within hours of each other; they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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