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Letter of Recommendation for Dental School from Catholic Priest

To Whom It May Concern,

It is an enormous privilege to draft this letter recommending a member of my church, ____ ____, for admission to dental school. I have gotten to know ____ well over several years since he arrived from Cameroon in the USA. My name is Father ____ ____, and I am a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, currently serving as pastor of ____ Parish in ____, GA, since July 1, 2020. Previously, I served at ____ Catholic church in Newnan, GA, for eight years. I hold a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Systematic Theology. As a priest, I had the privilege of getting to know ____ and his family, who are devout Catholics. I admire them for their profound faith and determination to succeed in life against all odds. Like the -___ family, I am also from Cameroon. It was a special honor for me to be elected to serve as the Vice President of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS), in August of 2009. I speak French with the Tonou family and teach and give mass in Spanish. I sit on the board of the Catholic Foundation of ____.

I believe very strongly that Lauryn Tonou would make an excellent dentist and that we need more dentists who look like him, a 6’3 black man who is unstoppable on the basketball court. People look up to Lauryn figuratively and literally, and they appreciate him for his kindness, warm disposition, openness, and sincere compassion. His physical talent, combined with his compassionate disposition, make him a natural for Dentistry.

I have been very close to the Tonou family for years, as we enjoy the company of others from our native country. I have attended and assisted with every celebration the family has organized: graduation, birthdays, etc. Thus, I am very much a family priest, ____’s mother never misses a mass, and all of them come as they can. I have mentored ____ ever since he came to the US. I often have referred to him in French as “home chief” because he has looked after his little brother and sister materially and spiritually, always helping them and steering them in the right direction. Lauryn is highly responsible, and I have had extensive opportunities to observe him as an active member of the church who has helped out in the nursery and with charity and community events. Lauryn helps to cook meals for events, helps with the sound and projector, makes coffee, and assists with Bible studies. He is excellent with children and youth, a super role model for young people from minority backgrounds in particular. His chosen profession, Dentistry, suits him well, because it will enable him to give back to the community something of great, sustainable value, which he most treasures and longs for in his future.

Do not hesitate to let me know if I can provide you with any further information about the candidacy of ____ ____ for a place in your dental school class.


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