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rHO SAS CATHOLIC " ORTHEAST ~:~::l~i~~~ ,,~ . ~:~::~:,~,,.~::~:~:...~ ....... ~ .............................. . ......... ~.~ : articl~By Malea Walters~. few ~EDITOR ., 9 2857, he oversees the Knights projects, such as the Tootsie Roll drive. Many of the Knights of Columbus projects aid the handicapped. He joined the Knights when he was 18 years old. It was during another church ministry -- singing in the choir -- that Greenwell ,. Greenwell, known to his friends as got a surprise from Bishop Andrew J. e pari Dick, is the volunteer handyman for McDonald. On Nov. 23, Greenwell was the parish and school. He can be found awarded a Diocesan Service Medal dur- nily fr epairing electrical outlets or plumb- ing a confirmation Mass. "He usually presents a medal Steph~ng or changing light bulbs at least once through our pastor at a food drive for ured t~a week. d the In his retirement, it seems everything onersiRichard Greenwell does benefits the nari#Own of Blytheville or Immaculate Con- t~. tJ for thOception Parish. t use "My nickname is Dicke,y-do -- the food pantry," Greenwell said. "Itwas -- Dickey-do this Dicke,,-do that, he said a shock. It was never presented by the .... .*n rau, ,,. ~ I ten times a year Greenwell, 69, .... e,_ , bishop himself. by H0~aeads up on the iocal Lion's Club flag A retired insurance agent, Greenwell ,program, placing nearlv 450 American said he doesn't want to spend his re- arnediflags up around Blythe lle businesses tirement sitting at home. n national holidavs The monev from "I lust love the Lord, hke this re- i t mmu : " ry Knights of Columbus CouncilGreenwell said. that " ralue. peo al.l oq: orsey serves all residents of Drew, I :adley " counties 'e, a s P " " g " "" " ' " .... ocesan continuin education workshops, ThoughFather Dorsey's fluency in armu] Father Dorsev, a Glenmarv missionary held in Little Roc k each spring and fall. Spanish lVs "five percent on a scale of 100 P aXed pastor of St.'Mark Churcl since 1996, And on days off, he often drives to the percent being fluent," he is an enthusias- IlUma raises chickens But more importantly, he city to catch a movie. But most of the tic participant in the annual diocesan as raised " - .... , na conscmusness m this southeast- tune, Father Dorsey can be found m any Encuentro H spano. ern Arkansas town A familiar figure in of a larrge number of places within his In and around Monticello, one fie- my local organizations -- from the far-flung parish, quendy runs into members of other ends of the Monticello Branch Library Father Dorsev's active life in the com- churches who volunteer that Father the Drew County Ministerial Associa- munity is not just delivering Meals on Dorsey is their friend, or mention how the tited Way to the Boys and Wheels, ministering to residents of nuts- non-Catholics tum to him for counseling Father Dorsey has changed ing homes, celebrating a "weevil Mass" at rather than their own pastor. As priest- non-Catholics' view of priests and Father Dan Dorsey mows the lawn atthe University of Arkansas at Monticello in general. St. Mark Church in Monticello during or sharing supper with transients who grew up in St. Louis, Mo., duringthe parlsh's fall cleanup day. turn up at his door. asking "Where are you The president of the Drew County not the name of a school Even now, he belongs to a local book United Way board of directors, he is also a geographical direction, but a discussion group centered around the past president of the County Ministerial In his case, it was St. Dominick playwright. Association and Oasis Homeless Shelter The middle child in a family of Ordained a deacon in 1977 by Bishop in Warren, and remains very active in he attended parochial school fromAndrew J. McDonald, Father Dorsey was both groups. In an interview published through high school. He ordained a priest a year later. Glenmary in the spring 1994 G/enmary Cha//enge, the headed to Christian Brothers Col-members are called to minister to the order's quarterly magazine, Father Dorsey in Memphis. needs of rural Americans, both spiritual said, "I consider all of the people in both An avid athlete with football, basket- and material. Accordingly, Father Dorsey's Drew and Bradley counties my pastoral and track among his high school first parish, based in Morehead, Ky., con- responsibility. I do not see my mission to Father Dorsey played a year of sisted of six counties with high poverty the people here limited to the parishio- hoops while pursuing a degree levels and low numbers of Catholics. ners of the Catholic churches of these accounting. After serving three years in an area counties." In the turbulent world of the early 70s, where Catholics were by far in the mi- By Father Dorsey's rough estimate, St. "I just knew there had to be nority, Father Dorsey went to its polar Mark's congregation has nearly doubled worth giving my life to." opposite, spending 1981 to 1983 in Rome. over the past several years. Indeed, some somewhat interested in the As a student of spiritual theology at the of the most recent converts are some of rtesthood, he joined the GlenmaryJesuit-run Gregorian University, he re- the most active parishioners, teaching Missioners after his junior year,ceived an education in a highly special- CCD and serving on the parish council. Completed college at Loyola Univer- ized area of the faith. He also received a The increase in numbers also meant that New Orleans, graduating in 1973. License in Spiritual Theology. the congregation was outgrowing the After studying theology at St. Louis Glenmary then brought him to its church. With a building fund kicked off niversity, he went on to receive a headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a at the parish summer picnic in 1996, from Catholic University seven-year stint as director of novices. He groundbreaking for the new educational Washington, D.C. His Washington thus had a hand in the early careers of wing took place on June 8, 1997. The were also notable for nursing Fa-many priests now ministering in the 75 building, with six classrooms, a nursery, Dorsey's love of Shakespeare. Glenmary missions in Appalachia and the and a small office, is due to be completed I think I went to all the plays at the southern and southwestern United States. by Feb. 26. Library," he said. Father Dorsey returned to parish life In Warren, meanwhile, Father Dorsey mentor to an intem from the diocese's first class of pastoral administrators, Fa- ther Dorsey hopes to broaden the church's community involvement even further with the help of Paula Frank, long- time member of St. Marl The self-described "pastor/janitor/care- taker" of St. Mark, Father Dorsey loves to work outdoors and tends a vegetable gar- den as well as the chickens. Following Mass on Easter Sunday, his job description grows to include "Easter brainy," complete with floppy ears. A great favorite with the par- ish children, he encourages parents to retrieve their toddlers from the nursery and bring them forward for a blessing when receiving the Eucharist. And on the first Sunday of each month, when the Altar Server of the Month is honored with cof- fee and doughnuts, Father Dorsey reminds parishioners that the honoree is available for autographs. The Drew County Chamber of Commerce 'q~an of the Year" for 1993, Father Dorsey drives a weathered pick-up bearing stickers from various places he has camped on his summer vacations. The other bumper stick- ers help to complete the picture of this dedi- cated priest: "Cotton Country," "Boys and Girls Club," 'Monticello Billies," "DWI Kills," "Free Tibet," and " Don't take your organs and tissues to Heaven. Heaven knows we need them here."