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,THOU !Volume 87, Number 2 The Diocese of Little Rock Weekly Newspaper January 17, 1998 iBy Malea Waiters EDITOR Twelve men from the Diocese of Little Rock knelt before Bishop Andrew j. McDonald during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. An- idrew Jan. 11 as a sign of willing- ness to move toward ordination to the diaconate. The call to candidacy is the last formal step before the June 13 or- dination. Wxves, family and Mends sat alongside the men, showing bishop first, not the pastor," she said. "His allegiance is to the bishop first and foremost." Bishop McDonald recognized that the men have attended three years of classes at St.J0hn Center in Little Rock. Most men main- thin full-time jobs and family, par- ish and community responsibili- ties. "You wondered if it is worth it, the time, the energy, the sacri- fice on the part of your wife and children," the bishop said. their support for the ministry. One candidate, Frank Zanoff, .-. The candidates are: said the preparations with his wife, CharlesAndrm, St. Luke, Warren Gaff, have been worth their time. Bud Baldwin, Our Lady of the Zanoff, a retiree, said his marriage Holy Souls, Little Rock .... has been strengthened through ~ Ray Brust, St. Vincent de Paul, reading and studying together. Rogers Wtves are required to attend the Smith terials, but don t have to complete il~ Roy Goetz, St. Paul, Pocahontas written assignments. The Zanoffs Dan Hennessey, Christ the ~ also visit the elderly at a Fairfield King, Little Rock " u aldwin and his wife Martha listen to Bishop Andrew J. McDonald give the Bay nursing home each week. Joe Kramer, St. Michael, Van Candidate B d B i Buren homily during the candidacy Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew Jan. 11. Zanoff said he looks forward to assisting his pastor, Father ~l~ Larry Lipsmeyer, Sacred Heart Francis ~hio. ~ Frmlds of Q of Jesus, Hot Springs V'fllage Q Frank Zanoff, St. Francis of nals to be the first ones through "I as bishop swing open the Assist Parish in Fairfield Bay has i John Marshchewski, Christ the Assist, Fairfield Bay the doors during the next "cen- doors to you," he said. no deacons currently. King, Little Rock The bishop recounted that tury of peace and reconcilia- Sister nne I_emer, OSB, di-Zanoffsaid the diaconate pro- i Richard Papini, St. John, the doors at major basilicas in don." rector of the Diaconate Oflice, said gram has been a spiritual boost Russellville Dick Patterson, Christ the King, Rome have been sealed untilHe said the diaconate candi- the men will be assigned by the to ,his life. Dec. 31, 1999, allowing Pope dates are now knocking on the bishop to a parish after ordination. I guess you don't get too old I Little Rock John Paul II and three cardi- doors of ministry. 'The deacon is subject to the to grow spiritually, he said. tB pMpM ld k p 1 is o ,Dons m tes astor visittol By Malea Waiters the Lord no matter what we have a certified religious assistant or 'l i:l :" ..... , :.': Woodruff, a prison chaplain for done andwe say, 'Lord, I'm sorry /Et rroR King, known in the prison as ' i i i greeted at the prison by Woody am CRA, visits Death Row each Sat- 25 vests He escorts the men to for what happened, then the TUCKER urday and has formed friendships his office and thev nroceed bv y' 1M -- Bishop Andrew J. : ............................... " ] c-Donald sheds hisshoes, belt and with the inmates, particularly themselves to Dea ] ow, a self- Lord forgives you. You are his l etch and walks through a metal those who are Catholic and at- contained three-sto room within child. His Son paid the price... ry God the Father had the power to etector. As he walks into the build- tend the Mass celebrated by Fa- the prison that houses 44 men. stop the execution of His son. But ther Charles Thessing monthly. ~~ King learns from Hill that three because His love was so great for "I want the bishop to meet . other men would be interested in us he didn t stand in the way." He is about m walk into the people on Death Row, King said. attending the Mass. Escorted in Following Mass, the inmates ]place where Arkansas houses its As King drives Bishop arm and leg shackles, Hill and are allowed to discuss their lives lmost violent criminals and he m McDonald to the prison, they Henderson take their seats, on Death Row. ?ooking forward to it. both wonder who will be able to Len Davis, a former New Or- They m-e complimentary of ! His annual visits to Death Row der block room that serves as a Death Row inmate, takes a seat. He "Frank King has done more in lat Tucker Maximum Securi Un t. attend the Mass in the small, cin- leans police officer and federal King and his prison ministry. thave been scheduled before (shris- chapel. They first think of Darrel is carrying a Bible and wearing a the years that I've been here than mas for the past l5 years. Hispres- Hill, who has been on Death Row Frank"Buddy" Kingaccompa- rosary around his neck Dudn anyone else, Hill said in an in- ence is a sign that he supports a for 18 years. He is the only man hies Bishop McDonald to Mass Davis is asked to read the terview with A,rkamas Catholic. lstrng ministry to prisoners. when he began his prison minis- Unit each December for Mass Marcel Williams, who is convert- Hill said he reads the Bible and Ito For .the bishop, his opposition still on Death Row who King met Tucker Maximum Security reading from the missalette.The inmates spiritual fives vary. 1 me death penalty and his pas- try in 1979. with Death Row inmates, ing to Catholicism, joins the Mass catechism and prays the rosary. ttral visits are rooted in the Bible. Dan'el is responsible for many as well. He shakes everyone's hands. I "I guess it comes out of the people on Death Row turning to ca_u _ he is on "single man sta- Bishop McDonald leads the hI ath Rw page 4 go.spel -_ I was in prison and you God," King said. "He works at it ms and is not allowed m be in a simple celebration with few sym- ted me," he said. all the time. I've been telling room with other inmates. King bols of the Catholic faith sur- t . .The man re nsible for orga- them it's not what we do, it s what said he tried to persuade the as- rounding him --- no crucifix, Diocese, parishes helping f.nizing the bishop s visit on Dec. 22 they do all the time when wesistant warden to make an excel> candles or lectern. Just a plain DHS through mentoring ]:is Frank "Buddy" King of aren't there." don for Gardner, but he said he wooden desk and a Footprints program ...................... p. 2 cow, rector of oce They then think of Wabumunde. the Depa ment ofwan hanging on the behind "Gypsy Henderson, who got to Correction s policy. Fhey have him. Without notes, he speaks to 25th arlnivetsaflj Of Rt V$. _,think it's admirable that the the Row 15 years ago. everything to lose and nothing the inmates during the homily. Wade derision observed U hop s been willing to do this King said Mark Gardner would to gain," King said. "God loves us uncondition- go gto Death Row, not be to attend be- gandmCop M )o d are any, he id. "We can go hack to ............ 'P"