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Mary Ann Nilan is sitting in the rectory of Saint Ann Church when Father Tom walks in and her cell phone rings. She is waiting to hear results from the doctor regarding the biopsy of her left breast. The voice on the other end of the phone asks if she is driving, if she is alone, and if her family is with her. And then, very apologetically, the doctor gives her the news. Her left breast does indeed have cancer.

With her nose pressed to the window, she says quickly, “Okay. Okay. What do I have to do? What do I have to do?” Father Tom walks to her, places his hands gently on her shoulders, and sits her down.

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