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At Subiaco -- Subiaeo - Fr. David Flusche, OSB, will offer a series of conferences on Spiri- tual Direction on the first Monday eve- nings of March, April and May at Coury House, the guest house at Subiaco Abbey here. The evenings will include Ex- position, private b adoration and Benediction from 4:13 - 5:15 PM in Coury House Chapel; Office of Read- ings with the Ft. David choir monks Flusche, OSB (optional) from 5:30 - 6 PM; meal at 6 PM; private prayer from 6:30 - 7 PM (or rosary with the monks in church at 6:45 PM); vespers with choir monks at 7:05 PM and Conference in Coury House Chapel at 7:30 PM. After the evening conferences, Fr. Flusche and Fr. Aaron Pirrera, OSB, will be available for the sacrament of reconciliation until 9 PM. Other monks at Subiaco are available for spiritual dire'c- tion and recon- ciliation by pri- vate arrange- Fr. Aaron ment. Pirrera, OSB A free-will of. fering is asked to cover expense of the meal and materi- als. Bed and Breakfast is available for $10 per person. To RSVP, phone Coury Chouse at 934-4411 by Mar. 2 for the Mar. fi conference; by Mar. 30 for the April 2 conference; and by May 4 for the May 7 conference. PAGE6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY25, By Jane Browning Special to Arkansas Catholic Nestled in the White River valley, Batesville is one of Arkansas' oldest communities, founded in 1810. The site was known for many years as Polk Bayou. After Arkansas became a terri- tory in 1819, Independence County was created in 1820 and Batesville became its county seat in 1821. In those earliest days, beginning in 1809, the Catholics of Arkansas were under the jurisdiction of Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore. In 1824, Fr. Jo- seph Rosati, CM, of St. Louis, assumed oversight of Arkansas Territory. Meanwhile, Batesville was becoming an important riverport. Itwas the ship- ping point for marble, limestone and manganese, and enjoyed a heyday dur- ing the 75-year steamboat era. The Diocese of Little Rock was estab- lished in 1843, and Ft. Andrew Byme was consecrated the first bishop. The Catholic population of the diocese was approximately 1,000. In Batesville, Mass was offered in the home of Mrs. G. M. Lewis, and through her efforts, Fr. Francis Stroebel began construction of St. Fidelis church in 1909. Itwas dedicated on April 24, 1910. Dr. 1L C. Dorr and Dr. J. H. Kennedy donated property. Gertrude Dorrand Mrs. A. A. Webber raised the necessary funds, from Catholics and non-Catho- lics alike. St. Fidelis church was a modest frame PII@lYlILB structure located at what was then the east end of town. There were initially only about 60 church members, and Mass was offered only once a month. The priests attending the Mission came by train, usually from Little Rock. Around 1920, the church was dese- crated, and so the congregation re- turned to the homes of its parishion- ers. From 1921 to 1928, Mass was of- fered in the home of Mrs. Webber. Later, Mass was offered in the homes of Mrs. John Cargill and Mrs. F. W. Brewer. It wasn't until 1935 that Fr. J. A. Flaherty from Newport began construc- tion of the second Catholic church in Batesville, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, at College and Church Sts. This structure was built of native stone and was dedicated by Bishop John B. Morris on April 28, 1936. There were only about a dozen people in the con- gregation at this time, and the church could not have been built without the help of the Catholic Church Extension Society. After 30 years, the little 60-seat church building proved to be inadequate. The congregation moved into the old Church of Christ building at Fifth and Boswell, calling itself St. Mary's Church, in 1965. The old, converted church served for the interim, but allowed neither room for expansion nor park- ing. In March, 1974, the parish purchased seven acres of prime land on Highway Our Lady of the Blessed 1937. (Courtesy Diocesan 69 East m the Quml Valley Subdivlsl0,' [ Construction of the new St. MatY. :] church building commenced on July ] 1978. It boasted beautiful stained gl, I windows and a seating capacity ofi Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald dedica ,! St. Mary's church onJune 17, 1979,h [ CCD Center andParish Hall were i cated on Oct. 5, 1986. , _ The current pastor of St. M rs Francis D. Colavechio, serving 72 i[ members. [ BRIEF - LIMITED TO ONE SUBJECT - SIGNED Ag FIICg.g SEND INFORMATION ONLY, NOT COMPLETED AR- TICLE - INCLUDE PHONE NUMBER, DEADLINE: FRI- DAY PRECEDING PUBLICATION ) APPROXIMATELY 500 WORDS - LIMITED TO ONg ' SUBJECT - SIGNED - SEND PHOTOGRAPH BLACK & WHITE FILM IS BEST, PHOTOS MusT IN FOCUS AND OF HIGH CONTRAST, IDENTII ERYONE IN PHOTO & DO NOT WRITE ONe" PHOTOGRAPH ' 501-535-0623 911 Main Street PINE BLUFF, ARKANSAS 71601 Dry Cleaning Laundering Spot Removal Complete Travel Arrangements +Business or pleasure +Major credit cards accepted ,~-~-~--~ ~--l_ BOB PETERS, Owngr Peters Travel 224-8442 or toll free, 1- 800 - 441-8687 9107 Rodney Parham Rd,Suite 5 Little Rock, AR ! "That Arkansas