This project was reported and written by MARIA CRAMER, MEGHAN E. IRONS, AKILAH JOHNSON, JENNA RUSSELL, and ANDREW RYAN.
It’s not even Memorial Day and it’s already sweltering. The 74-year-old priest shuts the door of the sky-blue church van, fishes in his shirt pocket for the white collar he keeps there, and tucks it in place around his neck. He always wears the collar on his walks across the neighborhood. It is an advertisement that he is no one to fear. Still, in this heat, it would be nice to leave it off.