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The Reverend Joseph Bosch served in Aspen at St. Mary Catholic Church from June 1953 to September 1971.

I was never a Catholic, but between childhood friends Jimmy Gerbaz and Doug Franklin I knew the procedures as well as most. One morning after our junior/senior prom, an event which dictated we stay up all night out at the ranch with our dates, Doug talked me into going to Sunday Mass at the church. Father Bosch was never particularly dynamic with his presentation of matters religious, and somewhere during his morning sermon Doug and I fell asleep – in the front row, of course. Finally, the volume of rhetoric emanating from the priest was sufficient to rouse me, and I’ll never forget Bosch’s stern face stuck close to mine, his eyes wide behind scholarly glasses that were sliding down his nose and a rain of spit flowing over his crooked teeth, going on about how if a young person wished to attend church in a meaningful fashion, perhaps he should stay home the night before so as to avoid making a spectacle of himself in church by falling asleep.

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