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THREE ' ' I that aothta s is more Cathohc papers should have so that every every, day good read- z, nd the Chr/a- IgNgDICTUs. pp XV. I A Ctholic Paper is a Per'tual Mission..-- Pope Leo XIII. - "The Guardian" in -very borne--our Motto. I The Official Organ of tile Diocese of Little Rock Arkansas Ib ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE SPECIAL 1911, Saint John's Little Rock opened for work with four in- ten students, all for the Rock. 2he new in- housed in the buildings Rock College. In 1922, later, Saint John's open- students, studying of dioceses, taught by a eight instructors and own buildings in the ofttle Rock. So much statement of the growth but there is much between these two rior to the first one. The John's weathered the beginnings where so serve a few years of existence, indi- need for the Seminary, in Place, and someone able to visualize it before ever Was secured or a class ,then make the dream ma- John's Seminary a fact. When Right Reverend Bish- canoe to Little Rock as co- Fitzgerald the en- of the Diocese fell Bishop Fitz- Bishop Mor- to the See o Little on of such a Rock, 55,000 square I , a total population I a million people and I more than 16,000 Catho-I Parishes and attended priests presented to an interesting propo- Worked out. There were all kinds to be faced. A Catholicism had been the first two Bishops of upon this foundation to be built. There assistance in view s Work, the workers were itself was dis- engaged in it be- of the congre- and not an alto- future so far as the could see. The new r, was not an ordinm-.vy resee something more] obvious possibilities of] in the faith who al-" nak: g much of the lit- 1, " . :!ii :CgU:Ch:: t?i t t ::!! his first thought to assist him in his the forces at his dis- for the plans For a few years, in he canvassed Semi- StUdents. A few were these came and a re n every way of but many others as had to of- not much) and after or Years secured per-. other Dioceses. And lshop of Little Rock did array'of plans to )n for building up a Church, and uo more to put them into he arrived in Lit- the rule of the that much had in these five years, had been formed, College had been school and had boarding college, the had been built SOUnd footing. But he could not at- a shortage of clergy, no brilliant prospect t SL John's Seminary St. John's Seminary, Twenty-fifth and State Streels, Little Rock. of the new Seminary and gave him as world seems to be on the verge of be-! assistants in his work Right Reverend ing stampeded by revolution, we nee Monsignor Patrick Enright and Rev- a strong clergy who will selwe as lead- erend Dr. Paul Kruger. During Lent ors of the vast nmss of humanity of 1912 the Bishop announced to the wriggling and twisting its way clergy and laity of the Diocese the through the fads and fancies of irre- opening of the Seminary in his Lenten sponsible revolutionaries who arc Pastoral. The immediate reasons for recklessly pointing their guns at al- his decision to open St. John's are most all the institutions which the here given. We quote the letter in its Church of Christ has built up during entirety which will give a complete her long sojourn in the world. The idea of the Bishop's reasons: {Church has always manifested the "Last year we conceived the idea of:greatest solicitude in the training of establishing a diocesan seminary, and her clergy; lmnce, our wish for a die- after mature deliberation and a con-tcesan seminary; for it is very natural ference with our consulters, St. John's , to assume that the Bishop and his Seminary with four profezsors and ten ! clergy are better acquainted with the ecclesiastical students was opened in peculiar needs iu their respective jur- September, 1911. The first Bishop of I isdictions than anyone else, and that I, ittle Rock, the Rt. Rev. Andrew lthey will be more assiduous in dis- Byrne, D. D., as we learn from hisicerning the qualities which are neces- diary, attempted this same project lsary to young men seeking to be shortly after his consecration and ipriests in their own dioceses. Each founded a small seminary in connec- [ locality has its own special needs, and tion with St. Andrew's College at For [ a young man who would be eminently Smith. The good Bishop, even in the fitted for the priestly vocation in one midst of the prhnitive conditions locality, might be deplorab!y unfitted which then prevailed in Arkansas, ap- in another. For instance, where the pears to have conducted his seminary Church i: well established, the physi- for a few years, but probably owing cal hardships are less trying than in In this dl- who is to be intrusted with the divine to open a seminary leadership and direction of souls. Nothing is more conducive to the d of the city of Lit- progress of religion than a learned, ,!ic High school had pious and zealous priesthood. So true !e Rock College. A is this that throughout the centuries ding had just been the Church's life and vigor has been ling two members largely measured by the zeal and effi- Using several of the cieney of her clergy. Our most seri- casional lecturers, ous troubles have been brought about tl fabric and the by a lax and worldly standard pre-t institution. Them vailing among those who were set l Studying for the apart and sent out to be the promo-] ck in other semi- ters and leaders in spreading Christ's 'e called in. The mission and directing souls in the a fact. Septem- pathways of virtue and religion. first classes were I Nothing is more conducive to the Leverend Bish- Catholic mo0d or spirit than an ener- tary, the Very' getic, capable and prudent priesthood; ,ltz, as lctor, and in this age, especially when the been ordained, he will be compelled to pass two or three years studying local conditions before he is fitted for his work. This is one and a very grave lason which has induced us to think of founding a diocesan seminary. Ours is still a pioneer feld where priests must struggle against great difficul- ties and discouragements, and no snmll amount of will-power is requir- ed to surmount these difficulties. Con-I shall have a sure reward and ample ] consolation for all the trials which our position forces us to bear, and whose weighty responsibilities often bur(ion our heart in secret." During the years that followed the Seminary and the Co!lege occupied the same quarters, some of the College instructors also taught ia the Semi- nary, and some of the Seminary in- structors taught in the College. Semi- narmns also assisted as much as pos- sible, Both institutions were going through a formative period and were as mutually helpful as possible. The scholastic year 1916 opened in the new buildings on Pulaski Heights," the two ifls.itutions having outgrow in a few years th'e quarters on soutl State street In planning the new buildings accommodations were ar- ranged for by setting aside one entire wing for the seminarians. During the war period 1916-1918 the build- ings vacated by Little Rock College were used as the Diocesan Orphanage, St. Joseph's Home being }lmost in the center of the great Camp Pike was converted to war uses. During these years and the year following, them was naturally a decrease in the Semi- na*ry enrollment. But in 1920-192I i there was a great increase in stu- dents, so nmch so that the quarters assigned for Seminary use in the Col- lege buildings were no longer ado- " quate. An increase in the enrollment of the College during the same period made a mutual housing of the two in- : stitutions no longer possible. The or- life, of course, is a call from God, but phans having returned to their home God's call becomes more distinct and north of North Little Rock when impelling when we have the examples Camp Pike was abandoned, the three of thse not only living the religious handsome buildings in south Little life among us, but who have been our companions in school and in the ordi- nm-y associations of young men and women in the world.. When young men and women see their former com- panions and friends happy in their heavenly calling, it will excite them to Rock were turned over to St. John's Seminary as its home. The year 1921-1922 the Seminary opened for its first year in separate quarters with an enrollment of thirty-two,stu- dents, and a faculty of eight instruc- tors. The opening of the year 1922- l dYions tn our diocese are now very question their own souls and the an-t 1923the enrollment increased,to fifty- nmch as they were in the North and ] swer most frequently received will be: I two. . East sixty or seventy" years ago. t"Go theft' md do likewise." ] From ten to fifty-two students in a Large tracts of territory are without I These are very good reasons why I period of twelve years is no.mean in- churches and priests, and the popula- we have assumed the burden of a sem-t crease and indicates that Bishop Mor-- ns dream of a great educatmnal ra- tion, mostly Protestant steeped in a inary, and we are grateful to, th goodi ' ' " " prejudice which comes from not know- God that some of our clergy have stitution to which apostolic priests ing, tend to make tlie life of the shown a willingness to take up this from all sections would l'ook as their priest who mini:sters in such localities, great work of preparing young men alma mater is near to alization. A1- anything but pleasant. Few who are for the noble calling of the priest- ready there are enrolled tudent$ from not familiar with conditions prevail- hood; and we sincerely hope that all every section of the United States, ing here, are able to appreciate the the clergy of our diocese will cooper- and from such widely separated sec- lack of sympathy which out. priests' ate with them and with us in this en- tions as California and Massachusetts. meet with and the s,:lf-sacrifieos they terprise so vital to the future of All students are not studying for the must make in carrying on the Catholicity in Arkansas. With God's Diocese of Little Rock, and in not a Church's work and making it known help, we hope to build up a priesthood few years priests in every section of for the first time in the face of the whose accusing energy will be an in- the south and west and not a few blight oi bitter prejudice and hateful spiration to our Catholic people, and points east will be reckoned among bigotry. Another, perhaps the great- a rebu]ce to the lax loyalty which has St. John's alumni. co a lack of funds and a scarcity o1 missionary dioceses where scattercd eat advantage which must come from been Such a detriment to religion in teachers, finally relinquished it. I Catholics are to be looked after, hum-I the diocesau selninary will be the de- the past, and which has created in In carrying out our idea in this hle Churches for the faithful few toIvelopment of vocations among the places, an indifference that almost" matter, we find ourselves in strict be erected, and long distances to be i Catholic boys of our diocese. The be'..ics sincere faith. If our students accord with a discipline of long stand- i trm ersed under the most trying diffi- presence of young men in their midst are modeled in piety and learning ac- ing in the Church, as the Council oflculties and greatest inconveniences, clad in ecclesiastical garb, will turn cording to our hopes, they will be ]-htherto, our prmsts have come from I the attenmn of many a Cathohc great indeed, and according to St. 'Irent urges bishops, whcne.ver possi- I " ' .... ble, to have an institution for the' tbe seminaries of large and prosper- I mother and father to the priesthood John Cbrysostem: "Priests not only training of young men aspiring to the[ ous dioces, es where the number and in a way that no other influence could in name, but most of all in work," not priesthood. The following decree  financial condition of the people are poszibly do. The lives of the students clergymen merely, but real priests of speaks for itself: lhe holy synod de- I so fourishing that there is no ques- I will arouse the interest of young men God, who will despise the comforts of crees that all Cathedral and metropoli- I tion of eking out a livelihood, and noi and boys who see them assisting in life when the cause of the Master is tan churches, according to their means need of serious worry over the pros-[ the sanctuary, and will stir up the at stake. We shall teach them to be- and requirements, shall bring together pect of providing a place of worship,' grace of vocation in their own young ware of the eager world which causes in a college in the neighborhood of building and maintaining a school, and hearts. Up to this time there has so many, even good people, to dream these churches, or in some other con- ! constructing a modest home for the! been a dearth of vocations in the die- and to drivel whenever religious duty venient place to be chosen by the pastor; all of which are necessary if cese, not because our pedro are bet- calls them to active service. We shall Bishop, :a certain number of the there is to be a center of Catholic life ,I ter or worse than they are elsewhere,, impress them that their motto should youths of the episcopal city or die- and activity in places of insignificant but for the reason that their attention be in all the work of their ministry: case or province, who shall be nur- population, but full of promise for the has not been drawn to the part every "How much is there in this thing for tured and religiously educated and .future from a material and religious Catholic should have in providing for God; not how much there is in it fbr trained in the discipline of the standpoint. While e in no wise the perpetuation of Christ's eternal me?" The timewhich our seminarians Church." (Chapt. XVIII. Session 23.) wouhl minimize the great work which priesthood. Priests from other die -I will not devote to their own studies This wise provision of the great coun- the Catholic clergy is accomplishing oeses have come in ned done the work will be spent in teaching the youth of cil will appeal to anyone whose ex- in the populous centers of Catholicity luntil our people feel that such service the diocese and aiting the sick and perienee and official duty have led in this country, we feel also that our. is due them and that they themselves the poor in the vicinity of the semi- him to reflect upon the character, ed- students who are to work uder less  are not required to give material for nary. We look forward to great re- ucation and piety demanded in one thriving conditions will be hampered the malng of their own priesthood, sults from' this infant institution and in their work and discouraged at the This condition will be remedied we feel sure that God has not given us very outset of their priestly career, by through the diocesan seminary, and anything to do which will be a greater contact with those whose lives are to I there are indications even now, that benediction to the Catholics of the die- be cast. in happier circumstances. The the influence of the faculty and stu- cese than St. John's' Seminary. It s" envwonment of the ecclesiastical stu- dents of St. John's is being felt among needless to say that our seminarians I dent has much. to do with his future, our Catholic people, and that in the are. the hope of the flock and o.) 3Yr "o 1 career and ff he become discouraged very near future, we may look for- and our crown. Whatever time w0 * at the very threshold, what hope can ward to a rich harvest of vocations lean spare from our other duties we] we have that his wprk will be even I here at home. Not only will the die- t shall devote to them; and finally, we I moderately successful . If,' however, I cesan seminary' help to prowde" priests i be'g our Cathol'c laity to ehter into,l the young man as a student lives in I for the diocese, .but it will also develop I the spirit which inspires us and to do the environment in which he is to la-' a vocation among our girls to the re- I what tley can financially and other-i bor, he will not be tempted by the ', ligions life, for in neali every in- I wise to make a success of an urder- prospect of l)etter material conditionq, I stance where a son of the family be- ! taking which will mean so much to but will accept things as they are and I comes a priest, we also find that a l timm, their children, and grandchil- go in with a hopeful will to make' daughter becomes a religious, and in dren. The many burdens we have them better if he can. However well, almost 'every ease, influences some of assumed in erecting institutions cause disposed a student coming from a I her companions to seek the life of the  us frequent anxiety, but our faith in more prosperous and better organized I councils in some of our religious ,corn-. ,God and our.confidence in the eine.el ma " , ' ..... '4 diocese y be, eyen after having [ munties. Vocation to the religious ty af our Itctolde make us feel tha we To date twenty-six priests have. been ordained from $I-. John's. Of these twenty-two were for the Dio- cese of Little Rock and four for ether Dioceses. Ahnost half the @riests now working in the Diocese were ordained from St,. John's and its prospects for the future are. such as will fulfill the Right Reverend Bishop's first vision. I Two members of the original faculty have gone to their reward. Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Enright, Professor of Ecclesiastical HistorF from 1911 to 1914, and the Reverend Dr. Paul Kruger, professor of Dog . matic Theology aBd Sacred Scriptures.. Another more recent loss and omt- greatly felt was the death of Reverend Julips J. Steinhauer, S. V. D., profes- sor of Hebrew and Ecclesiastical Lat- in. In the ranks of the alumni thze have died, the Reverends Joseph B. White, James J. McGrath and Ed- ward J. Ucker. All of tlmse have bn great losses to the institution and the Diocese of which they were members. R.I.P. , During its twelve yars of existen St. John's Seminary had made many ' friends. They have been very kind to it. Beautiful vestments, ornaments i for the sanctuary, nulnerous additions to the library, financial assistance o i various kinds bespeak the substantial . : encouragement and appreciation of i good friends. Five complete bursea :. , have been founded for the education of" students in perpetuity for the Die- ! : case' of Little Rock. Two othei's are i in the process of formation. All this i indicates a real Catholic interest in i : this institutmn and m a matter of ! ' much consolation to our Right Revere :. end Bishop, who had to bear the rt ! : burdens practically unassisted. ', St. John's first twelve years were " : ibard. years: 9f,,Pin.ering adiiirma-,.: , ;:' (Continued on page 20)