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    The Reverend Joseph Fahey

    (Filed: 26/01/2002 | Telegraph.UK)

    THE Reverend Joseph Fahey, who has died aged 65, played blackjack "for the greater glory of God", donating his winnings to the Jesuit order.

    Fahey was considered a mathematical prodigy and played the blackjack tables from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. Among the sequins, gilt and glitz, he struck an incongruous figure in his shabby blue suit, but he always managed to beat the odds. Blackjack - his chosen game - offers the best odds of any in a casino, but is nonetheless one of the highest earners for casino owners. Fahey, unlike most customers, exploited its possibilities to the full.

    Ever true to his vow of poverty, Fahey donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jesuit missions and, as president of Boston College High School from 1988 to 1998, boosted the school's endowment by 500 per cent, financing an athletics centre, library and computer laboratory.

    Fahey's view that God and Mammon were perfectly compatible was not one shared by the casinos, which eventually blacklisted him. Card-counting, although not illegal and well beyond the capacity of most casino customers, significantly alters the odds in the punter's favour.

    But despite the casinos' hostility, Fahey refused to be beaten and at the end of each term, he would give his students a lesson on card counting and how to beat the odds at blackjack. The class was always well attended. As one of his colleagues observed, Fahey understood and affirmed "the Catholic mission of Loyola with its Jesuit emphasis on academic rigour and the integration of learning".

    Joseph Fahey was born in 1936. After studying economics at Boston College, he received a doctorate in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis on how a local income tax or sales tax would affect Boston's economy. He studied divinity at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and was ordained priest in 1968.

    Fahey taught economics at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1968, becoming dean of academics from 1971 to 1981. Fahey also taught at Boston College, serving as academic vice-president and dean of faculties.

    He was president of Boston College High School from 1988 to 1998 and became a member of the boards of trustees of the Catholic Schools Foundation.

    Fahey was a trustee of several Jesuit institutions, including the Loyola University of Chicago, and served on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    At the time of his death, Fahey was provincial assistant for finance of the New England Province for the Jesuit order.

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    Do I hear an Amen!
    Mike A

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    Amen Brother Mike! zg

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    This reminds me of the article about Scientology, where there were people giving away all of their money to the church...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottH
    This reminds me of the article about Scientology, where there were people giving away all of their money to the church...
    Christian churches only require 10% of your gross. zg

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter
    Christian churches only require 10% of your gross. zg
    Yeah. I don't think it's a requirement, but it's recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottH
    Yeah. I don't think it's a requirement, but it's recommended.
    10% TITHE is a requirement. zg

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter
    10% TITHE is a requirement. zg
    That's "Old Testament" ZG. "New Testament" teachings emphasize "giving freely" rather than a specific amount. It boils down to "living under the Law" rather than "under Grace." I know all the words, but somehow, they have never completely sunk in.
    Mike A

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter
    10% TITHE is a requirement. zg
    I used to go to Christian churches and I didn't give them a dime!

    Tithe is -EV! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottH
    I used to go to Christian churches and I didn't give them a dime!

    Tithe is -EV! :D

    All churches are a business. Whether that comes first or second who knows.

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    Talking Tithing-BJ Style

    I still pop a couple red chips in the basket at collection. Gives the priest an excuse on Mon. Mornings!:D :D
    Last edited by bj bob; July 27th, 2006 at 06:34 PM. Reason: spelling
    Harolds Club RENO OR BUST

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj bob
    I still pop a couple red chips in the basket at collection. Gives the priest an excuse on Mon. Mornings!:D :D
    Is this a joke, or do you really pay in chips? That's funny if it is true!

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    Default You BET Ya!!

    That's a custom that goes way back in Vegas, Reno/ Tahoe. Don't think it's done as much these days, but what do I know? I still go to visit Harold's Club! Damn! Its GONE!!!
    Harolds Club RENO OR BUST

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj bob
    That's a custom that goes way back in Vegas, Reno/ Tahoe. Don't think it's done as much these days, but what do I know? I still go to visit Harold's Club! Damn! Its GONE!!!
    The reason I think it's funny paying tithe with chips is that I thought Christianity frowned upon gambling. But I guess money is money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottH
    The reason I think it's funny paying tithe with chips is that I thought Christianity frowned upon gambling. But I guess money is money...
    Years ago I was walking out of Binion's, stack of blacks in my hand, to cross the street to the Golden Nugget. There was a church mission truck parked in front with a short line of indigents receiving sandwhiches and lemonade.

    I stood in line and when I got to the front I gave frock-collared minister a black. He did a double-take and then praised my generosity: "Son the Lord thanks you, you will feed many people in need of nourishment today!" I told him God bless and went on across the street.

    About 90 minutes later I returned to the Horseshoe and son of a b*tch! There was the pastor, still wearing his frock sitting at the BJ table with a short stack of reds scatching for a hit. As he busted I heard him proclaim "damn!"

    true story. zg

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