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There was his Catholic upbringing, of course. His teacher-priests and fellow seminarians. Long-dead theologians whose writings and ruminations have spoken to him through the ages.
But Saran includes among them three influences few seminarians can claim: his adult daughters, two of whom have charted a notably different path.
They are converts to Islam.
"They actually helped me in my journey," said Saran, whose letters to and from the two daughters during their college years in Madison often explored religious themes.
It gets a bit "extra ecclesias salus" but an interesting situation.