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LVIil, NO. 10 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS MARCH 7, 1969 Graves Appointed Auxiliary to Bishop Fletcher Native Rock -. The Very Rev. P. Graves, aux- of the Diocese is officialis (pre- of the diocesan tri- chancellor. native of St. Edward's Ark., where May 4, 1916, son of Graves and the late rancis Graves. His moth- resides at 3107 Walnut trkana, Texas. The received his elemen- SeCondary education in parochial school and Academy in Tex- Graves began stu- the priesthood in 1934 entered St. John's Home Seminary, Little Rock. 's later he was sent to American College in the late Bishop John B. years of study at the University there, he to return to the United 1940 by the outbreak II. He completed studies at St. John's ordained June 11, 1942 Morris in St. Andrew's Little Rock. He was )r of the late Bishop's ordination class. "elect Graves' first as- as a priest was as assis- of Immaculate Con- Fort Smith. The Year he was appointed of St. John's Sem- Years later -- in was sent to Catholic of America in Wash- for graduate studies He obtained a lic- canon law, and then faculty of St. John's. in this teaching post In 1947, he was as- the additional post of In 1955, he was fflcialis. the then Father Graves a papal chamber- Pope John XXIH .qved the title Very Graves is a for- of the Conference and Tribunal Offi- Province of New has conducted num- and days of rec- and, in the years since has spoken often on aScts of the council. the 25th anni- of his ordination to the ieSthoed in 1967. Bishop-elect Lawrence P. Graves Vice Chancellor-Officialis Is Raised to Episcopacy The Very Rev. Msgr. Lawrence P. Graves, vice chancellor andof- ficialis of the Diocese of Little Rock, has been appointed by Pope Paul VI to be titular bishop of Vina and auxiliary to Bishop Al- bert L. Fletcher of Little Rock. Elevation of Monsignor Graves to the episcopacy was announced Wednesday morning in Washing- ton by Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, Apostolic Delegate in the United States. Bishop-elect Graves is Arkan- sas' second native son to be rais- ed to the hierarchy. The first was Bishop Fletcher, whom he will serve as auxiliary. The Bishop-elect served as spe- cial private secretary to Bishop Fletcher and as a peritus (ex- pert) during sessions of Vatican Council II. He resides at St. Pairick's rec- tory, Zll West 19th Street, North Little Rock. Announcement of Monsignor Graves' elevation to the episcopacy was made at the same time the Apostolic Delegate disclosed the appointment of Msgr. George R. Evans, chancellor of the archdio- cese of Denver, Colo., to be titu- lar bishop of Tubyza and auxili- ary to Archbishop James V. Cas- ey of Denver. An auxiliary bishop is one who is appointed by the Pope to assist a residential bishop, mainly in functions of order. The purpose of the hierarchy of order is the sanctification of the faithful. Thus an auxiliary bishop, with the consent of the ordinary -- the residential bishop -- can admin- ister the sacraments of Holy Or- ders and confirmation and may do anything else that is in keep- ing with episcopal orders. Any jurisdiction which an aux- iliary receives is delegated to him by the residential bishop and thus he may serve in a number of dif- ferent capacities in a diocese. Bishop-elect Graves is the sec- ond Auxiliary Bishop in the his- tory of the Diocese of Little Rock, Bishop Fletcher served as auxil- iary to the late Bishop John B. Morris from April 1940 until Bis- hop Morris' death in October 1946. Bishop Morris in the early years of the century served as coadjutor bishop with right of succession to the late Bishop Edward Fitzgerald, and assumed the office of Bishop of Little Rock on the ordinary's death. Auxiliary bishops do not suc- ceed to jurisdiction over the dio- cese in which they serve unless they are appointed to the post by the Pope. Bishop-elect Solicits Prayers of Friends Little Rock -- After announce- ment of his appointment to the episcopacy by Pope Paul VI, Bishop-elect Lawrence P. Graves issued the following statement: "Certainly I am deeply honored that the Holy See would place this confidence in me. At the same time, I know very well that this is a serious responsibility and I am relying on the prayers and help of the many friends I feel that I have. I hop e that I can be of help to Bishop Fletcher and to the people of Arkansas, because I am sincerely devoted to our Bis- hop and our state. And those who know me know of my loyalty to our Holy Father, Pope Paul; for the good of our church, I hope I can in some small way be worthy of the honor he has conferred on me and faithfully fulfill the responsibilities." Nixon Confers With Pope Vatican City (NC) -- President Richard M. Nixon, visiting the Vatican before returning from his eighth-day tour of European capitals, conferred privately with Pope Paul VI for an hour and a quarter about what he called "some of the great issues which divide the world." A communique from the Holy See said the two leaders examin- ed ways of achieving peace and of stepping up aid to developing na- tions. Informed sources said that the question of establishin diulomatic The Sentry Says: hYs' Clubs Build Men. The Red Cross Stands Ready Always. Is, Read Oul Vive? on Page 4) relations between the Holy See and the United States did not arise during their talk, nor did it come up during a parallel conversation in an adjoining room between the Papal Secretary of State, Amleto Cardinal Cicognani, and U.S. Secretary of State William Rog- ers. However, the roster of parti- cipants in that second conference. made it clear that it had focused on Vietnam. (It was the sixth recorded time a U. S. President had met aPope). In his formal address. Pope Paul said that the present worldwide effort to build a just and prosper- ous world "has need of an assis- tance that cannot be physically measured, yet is indispensable." Referrin to "the difficult material problems that we will have to deal with when we re- turn to our own country," Nixon said he knew "that what the world needs today is the spiritual and moral leadership which Your Holi- ness has stood for." His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher issued the following statement: "I am very happy at receiving this wonderful news. "I have been a bishop 29 years and I welcome an able and won- derful assistant such as I know the new bishop will be." "I know I will receive every assistance from him, and I am sure I share my joy with that of the other priests, Religious and people of the diocese. "I am deeply grateful to the Holy Father for appointing Mon- signor Graves as my auxiliary." Blesses New Infirmary Wing His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher hangs a crucifix at the Nurses' Station in the third-floor psychiatric unit of the new $7-million addition to St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, during blessing ceremonies last Friday. Assisting him was The Rev. Charles F. Kordsmeier, vice chancellor. The Bishop blessed patient care areas of the new four-story wing. Other areas, including a new chapel, administrative offices, physical therapy and purchasing departments, will be blessed when completed later this year.