Even though Palmer was a lifelong Presbyterian, he'd had a relationship with St. Vincent's spanning more than 50 years, when Archabbot Nowicki himself was in the high school at the archabbey.
Palmer did not let denominational differences deter him. "Arnie sort of appealed to everyone. There were no barriers, race, color, creed -- those were things that never entered into" his mind, Archabbot Nowicki said. "He was welcoming to everybody and treated everyone with tremendous warmth and respect." Palmer came with his wife on occasion to the archabbey's 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.