Unlikely revolutionary

2008-04-30 00:00

A Roman Catholic priest with the surname Nolan. Must be Irish. “So when did you come to South Africa,” I ask Albert Nolan. “I’m fourth-generation South African,” he replies. “My great-grandmother ran a boarding house on Greenpoint common.”

“I’m bursar at the Dominican Priory,” he laughs. “That’s the sort of job you do if you are retired. And I’m responsible for the spiritual formation of our students.” He also edits the Dominican newsletter Buwa Buwa (speak, speak), writes for various journals, is busy assembling an anthology of his articles and is much in demand for his talks. Nolan is simply not the retiring type.

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