Alumni also remember the weekly “off-the-record” concerts he held,
when students and faculty would gather to hear two hours of classical
music while reading, studying, writing letters, working on hobbies, or
simply listening to the musical selections.
And many laugh today as they recall moments of surprise when
Monsignor Graham took candid photos of students as they entered rooms or
passed through doorways. Today, two dozen albums in the University
Archives include countless pages of surprised students – many of them documented throughout their four years at Stritch – as well as other photos Monsignor Graham took during his local and international travels.
According to his obituary, Monsignor Graham called himself a
“maverick” and often was referred to as the “motorcycle father,” owing
to his love for motorcycles and the long-distance U.S. trips he took on
his cycle during his lifetime.
addition to his interest in amateur photography and motorcycles,
Monsignor Graham enjoyed traveling the world and was author of two
books. “Faith for Life,” published in 1936, went through 13 printings
and was used as a religious text in high schools and colleges across the
country. “Prayers for the Holy Hour” was published in 1940.
Prior to coming to Stritch, Monsignor Graham taught church history
and religion at St. Mary’s Academy, a high school run by the Sisters of
St. Francis of Assisi. Before that assignment, he served as an assistant
pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Janesville and St. Raphaels
Church in Madison.
Information and photos courtesy of University Archives