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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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The Man Who Thrice Rejected Knighthood
published 15 November 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, my favorite movie has been “A Man For All Seasons,” which—although religious—won admiration from an astonishing array of secular film critics. Much could be said about this marvelous production, which is based on a play by Robert Bolt (d. 1995), who helped adapt it in 1966 for film. The play itself doesn’t always stick to the facts, but can still be considered generally speaking historically accurate. The film’s soundtrack is fabulous.

This brief YouTube describes how Paul Scofield changed what is undoubtedly the film’s pivotal line:


In 1966 The film won six (6) Oscars at the 39th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. It also won other major awards.

…yet Paul Scofield, who thrice rejected knighthood, did not accept his Oscar in person, as the YouTube above explains.