Somewhere in the boxes stacked in Bishop Ronald W. Gainer’s office was a lump of coal.
He’s kept it with him always, he said, and “it will be on my desk when I find it, just to remind me of my mom’s dad ... who was a deep coal miner from Slovakia.”
Gainer said his family was “not at all wanting, but there were times when my dad [a bricklayer] was out of work because construction wasn’t happening, so we knew what it was to sometimes live close to the edge.”
He’s never forgotten his family origins, he said. “That’s the reality that I want to keep before my eyes every day.”
Said Gainer: “I hope that people will not see a pretense to a silver spoon or anything like that.”