One of the reasons for big Catholic families is the hope that at least one child will grow up to be a monk or nun.

Well, sometimes, that hope is fulfilled in ways one might not expect.

Joe and Helen Shalhoub had a decent-sized (Maronite) Catholic family of children. Their second-youngest son, Anthony Marcus, grew up to be a different kind of “Monk,” TV’s Adrian.
Maronite Nun:

Maronite “Monk”:

Second-youngest of . . . what was that? Ten? And his older siblings helped him get started in theatre? Gee! I thought kids from large families were doomed to be failures in the eyes of the world! Too poor to amount to anything?
Imagine if the Shalhoubs had only had 2.5 children!

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