Other young boys, like myself, were taken under his wing and looked to him for pastoral guidance. This culminated in a small extracurricular group meeting regularly in the Chapel to pray and read psalms together. Romano would sit in the middle of the pew and on either side of him sat two or three boys. In turns we were given psalms to read. I struggled to read the complicated ancient text, but Romano was happy to ask others to pick up for me. It was in this group that I first heard the term “flagellation”.
The humorous cynicism which pervades the culture of a Junior Seminary quickly led to Romano gaining the nickname Peabod after the cartoon character Mr Peabody and Romano’s followers being nominated as “Peabod’s God Squad”. Only now am I able to smile when I hear this term.