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iX. NO. 12 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS MARCH 19, 1971 To Provide Health Care Diocese Opens West Side Silver Jubilarian from Arkansas Cyrillus Plafcan, IS.M., foreground, a native Arkansan, celebrated the 25th anniversary of her profession as a Sister of Mercy. With her are two classmates, Sister laurelia Petrus, 1LS.M., left, and Sister M. Florencia ILS.M, (See Related Story on Page 2). 'S ena Mary Bittlebrun i. 107-Years-Old Today Mena -- Today is the 107th birth- day of" Aunt" Mary Bittle- brun, the oldest Cath- olic in the Diocese o f Little Rock and the oldest receiving Social Se- resident of Leisure Lodge the retired school teach- was awarded First crochet work at the lk County Fair, will be a gala birthday party to- March 20. Will be held at the home of her long-time friend, John E. Conely, at 905 Magnolia, Mena. There will be open house from 2:30 to 4 P.M., and at 7:30 P.M., the pastor of Mena's St. Agnes parish, Father Thomas Keller, will celebrate Mass in the Conely home. Arranging the birthday cele- bration is Miss Irene Thinnes, clerk-treasurer of the City of Mena, a devoted friend and con- fidant of "Aunt" Mary for many years. Among a host of relatives and friends expected to attend will be two nieces by marriage, Mrs. Bill Mitchell and Sister M. Stanislaus, R.S.M., from Hills- boro, Texas and Fort Smith SEE 107 ON PAGE 3 Medical Clinic for Needy Little Rock -- A West Side Clinic has been established by the Diocese of Little Rock at 4311 John Barrow Road here to provide medical care for the needy, it was announced this week by Father James R. Savary, diocesan director of Catholic charities. The clinic is open each Wednes- day from 6 to 8 P.M. Father Savary said there is no screening of patients, although the clinic is intended primarily for the needy. Only routine questions, such as name, address, age and medical history, are asked of those seeking attention. QUARTERSDONATED Quarters for the clinic, which opened the last week in February, have been provided by Area 6-A of the Economic Opportunity Agen- cy. The permanent staff, both volunteers, are Sister Concetta, O.&B., and SisterBernice, O.S.B., of St. Joseph's Home for Children. Two registered nurses, Mrs. Charles T. Magruder and Mrs. Mary Bynum, have volunteered their services, and Father Savary is seeking additional nurses so that a rotating schedule can be established. Two Greater Little Rock physi- cians currently provide medical service at the clinic. Equipment for the examination room was provided by St. Vincent Infirmary, and the Infirmary's pharmacy fills all prescriptions. These are picked up and delivered to the clinic by another volunteer, Mrs. Kenneth Hiegel. The pre- scriptions, Father Savary said, are paid for by Catholic chari- ties. Mrs. Hiegel and Mrs. Mary Waters are volunteers currently working at the clinic, but Father Savary is hopeful there will be many more in the weeks ahead. Additionally, the clinic is look- ing for volunteer drivers to trans- port patients to and from the clin- ic. Many needy persons, Father Savary said, have no way of get- ting medical aid because they lack transportation. The number of patients hasbeen increasing each Wednesday eve- ning since the clinic opened. A week ago, 25 persons were ex- amined, 10 of them children. When hospitalization or surgery is found necessary, Father Savary said the patient is referred to the Father Savary said the clinic still needs an examination table and weighing scales. Persons needing transportation to the clinic may arrange it by telephoning Father Savary at664- 0340 and Mrs. Laureen Ward of the E.O.A. at 562-52Z0. Those wishing to volunteer their services to the clinic may call Father Savary. Laetare Sunday Appeal Urgent Little Rock -- A 25 per cent increase in contributions to the 1971 Laetare Sunday Relief Collection, to help offset a nat- ional decline in contributions last year, has been asked of the faithful of the Diocese of Little Rock by His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher. "It would be really tragic if we had to curtail the wonderful work that we have been doing all over the world," the Bishop as- serted in a letter read at all Masses in Arkansas last Sunday. The text of the Bishop's let- ter follows: To The Clergy, Religious and Laity Diocese of Little Rock My dear friends in Christ: For more than 30 years we have taken up a Laetare Sunday col- lection. In 1939 when. this col- lection began, it was compara- tively small but, as the years went on, it became greater and greater. Through the cooperation of the United States Government and other benefactors a great deal of food, medicines, transportation were given to the Catholic Relief Services largely because the con- tributions of our Catholic people furnished the "seed money" as well as an organization which made it possible to do good for the poor all over the world. LITTLE OVERHEAD Catholic Relief Services, coo- perating with the Holy Father in the help of the poor, carried on with very 1Rtle overhead. More than 90 per cent of the money collected went directly for the relief of the poor. Every dol- lar given meant thirty to forty dollars worth of food, medicine and clothing for the needy. This has been the glorious history of our Laetare Sunday collection for' the poor and needy of the world. But last year, for some not entirely understood reason, there was a drop in the collection in almost every diocese. The drop was between 15 and 20 per SEE BISHOP ON PAGE 3 ardian Rounding Out 60 Years of Service to Diocese Rock - It was almost :60 years ago next Thurs- 25, 1911 - when two Catholic laymen pushed Wheelbarrow along West Street in downtown Lit- to deliver the first edi- "The Southern Guardian" Office. Mattingly and Fred two members of the staff of the official pub- of the Diocese of Little 'lerformed this strenuous at the end of a hectic day Which the eight-page edi- printed one page at a the names and addres- Catholics who had paid scription price were in- hand on individual cop- s marks the realization of a since I first came to the Diocese of Little Rock," said an open letter on Page 1 of the first edition, written by His Excellency Bishop John B. Mor- ris, the founder of the diocesan weekly. Other stories - all local since there was no national Cath- olic news service at that time - recounted the history of Cathol- icism in Arkansas, and histories of St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock College and St. Edward's parish. ADVERTISEMENTS Advertisements in the first edi- tion - some still familiar to Guar- dian readers - were from Worthen Bank, Union Trust Company, Shraders Photographers and Hea- ley and Roth Funeral Home. The editor for the tlrst six months of he publication's ex- istence was Msgr. J. M. Lucey, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, who also was Vicar-General of the Diocese and pastor of St. Joseph's parish, Pine Bluff. In an editorial in the first edi- tion, Monsignor Lucey said that, "in a general way," The South- ern Guardian will "be like all other Catholic papers, and in a particular way like none, as Ar- kansas is circumscribed as no other state, and her Catholic citizens as no other people..." A. M. Waterman was the publi- cation's first business manager, and he remained until Monsignor Lucey was succeeded in Septem- ber, 1911, by Rev. Dr. Augustine Stocker, O.S.B., and V.L. Spald- ing became business manager. A year later, the paper's offices were moved from West Markham Street to new quarters at Fourth and Center, and in 1915, its name was shortened to The Guardian. In 1919, The Guardian moved to quarters at 311 West Second Street, where it remained for 49 years, when, after closing its printing plant and selling a religious art- icles and church goods store that had helped support it, the business offices were transferred to quar- ters in Morris Hall at St. John's Catholic Center. NEW EDITOR Msgr. Thomas V. Tobin became editor and editorial writer follow- ing Doctor Stocker's death, and, upon the Monsignor's death in 1924, the editorship fell to Father Geroge H. McDemott, who hadbeen managing editor under Doctor Stocker. Assisting Father McDer- mort ivith his new responsibilities was Miss Marie Danforth, a sec- retary and bookkeeper in the Chan- cery Office. Father McDermott became ill in 1933 and was succeeded succes- sively by Msgr. J. P. Fisher and Father Harold J. Heagney. In Sep- tember, 1935, Msgr. Thomas J. Prendergast began a 23-year ten- ure as managing editor. The fol- lowing February, Msgr. Thomas L. Keany became the publication's columnist and editor. In 1954, William W. O'Donnell, the present managing editor, was hired to assist Monsignor Pren- dergast, and in 1958 he succeeded him, when the Monsignor asked His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher to allow him to devote full time to his pastorate at Im- maculate Heart of Mary parish, Marche.