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Page 4 March 7, 1998 ARZ SAS'. CATHOL The Lenten Mass schedule for St. prayed for deceased member, Mary Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Lannie. Women flom all parishes are Rock is 11 a.m. Sunday through Friday invited to attend. For more information, and 5 p.m. Saturday. call Micki Gangluff at (501) 666-6268. The Chrismms colleen for the re- The second annual Running for the tired and infirm priests totals $289,397.26 Green 5K road race sponsored by St. Mmy as of March 2. Hospital Foundation in Rogers is sched- uled for March 7 The run/walk starts at The Owistian Mothers Sodality of St. 8:15 a.m Cost for the event is $15 for Edward Chtmah in Little Rock will meet adults and $10 for students. Registration in the dhtmta cafeteria after the 9 a.m the day of the race starts at 7 a.m. Call Mass, Saturday, March 7. A rosary will be (501) 936-2934 for more information FROM THE GROUND UP -- Construction began on the new chapel, retreat facilities and sisters' residence at Hesychia House of Prayer in New Blaine. The groundbreaking took place in November and construction is expected to be completed by this summer. The facility is operated by the Benedictines at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith. Memorials for chapel furnishings are being accepted. For more information, call (501) 938-7375. The Notre Dame Club presents in a benefit concert for Thursday, March 12, 1998 730 p.m.. $5.00 admission Christthe King Catholic Church Little Rock 0"~0 PROFILE OF FAITH By Kathy Trower CONWAY CORRESPONDENT CONWAY -- St. Joseph School has produced many exemplary graduates since it opened in 1879. With a Catho- lic education to lean on, these gradu- ates have excelled in both the business and political world. One of these "hometown" sons has just recently been selected to serve the state of Arkansas as director of general education. Ray Simon, a product of St. Joseph Schools, was selected to be an admin- istrator in some capacity more than 32 years ago. He started his career with the state of Arkansas, and served all but seven years as an administrator. For the past 6 years he was superintendent of the Conway School District. When the process began of select- ing the new state director, Simon's education background was quickly no- ticed. He and his wife Phyllis have lived in Conway their entire lives. They raised their daughter, Sandy Halliburton, in Conway where she attended St. Joseph School. Simon and his wife can be seen frequently at daily Mass, and often par- ticipate in many of the activities that the parish offers. While superintendent of Conway schools, Simon once again had the op- portunity to work with St. Joseph School by overseeing federal programs at the facility. He also met from time to time with the St. Joseph personnel on mutual concerns in the commu- nity. Simon confided that being familiar with the various department heads on the state level throughout the years has prepared him for his new job. When asked about his boss, he quickly said, "Gov. Mike Huckabee has a very strong family-orientated program at the state level I agree wholeheart- edly with the fact that family commit- ment and involvement in education is central to good education." He added, "rhe biggest problem to- day is lack of parental involvement in children's education. Be it for what- ever reason, families are not able to Ray Simon [ participate in the education of their| children." :1 He said dysfunctional families, par'! ents working several jobs just to feed [ and clothe the children, or for what" [ ever other valid reasons, children are | being deprived of the all too imp0r" | tant family involvement. 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