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 |ONDAY morning, I in Oklahoma City as r Archbishop Salatka anual meeting of the Following Mass and L in his home, he and lad to the golf course. ur time was limited, could not give the |e attention that it I. In the middle of the ------4inished, had a quick .:omd proceeded to the thirty minutes I discovered Y flight had been :1. Stretching before four hours in the I had brought work with me, I the isolation in In fact, I was not With my work even landed in Little Rock :00 in the evening. our priests copal priests from the State of LS for an Anglican- Dialogue. Presen- beautifully made in the morning and of friendship and riding prevailed. workshops were of the day. In the Bishop Donovan made a presen- the work of dreams, his his heartaches. I to the Lord God to ith my own eyes to be an im- both. Allstate v net's insurance protection In good hands. t Life Insurance Co. e('ain Mall, NI,R "/534326 THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 19, 1982 possibility twenty five years ago. AT 3:00 in the afternoon, Father Richard Oswald, Amy Sexton and I set out for Subiaco. The deanery A Know. yc Ihink. bring together the best Ycr lawylw. Trust Your New York y port with thorn, yOu right plon. A4J yr Now to p4 the dobts ond your estoto. Life Agent: o gocJ o good person to CLU ire Insurance n Bank Bldg. meeting for priests had already begun. We arrived for supper and were warmly welcomed by Abbot Raphael and the Community. As noted elsewhere in The Guardian, one of their monks, Father Bede Mitchel had died. After supper, we assembled in the Abbey Church for the Holy Rosary. Many people from that part of Arkansas were present in the church. The casket was a simple wooden box made by the monks. On the table beside the casket were memorabilia, especially pictures of the Sacred Heart and the Im- maculate Heart. On that occasion, the Abbot invited me to say a few words. I spoke of Father Bede's zeal, his dedication, and his energetic determination to spread the images of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother throughout the State. In passing through death to life, Father Bede trades images for the real thing, everlasting presence of the Lord Jesus. We then went to Centenary Hall for the presentation of Rosalind Rinker. The crowd was good and enthusiastic. Rosalind continued to make fine, low key presentations on the power of prayer and the beauty of conversational prayer. In the late evening, we drove back to Little Rock. ON WEDNESDAY, I made my monthly visit to the Sisters at our Carmelite Monastery. Even in the penitential season of Lent, a spirit of subdued joy prevails. STEINWAY PIANOS FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE FINEST 565-0181 GERALD NEAL Village Shopping Center Asher & University Little Rock, Ark. 72204 qatch For... "TO serve as we would be served" OWENS FUNERAL HOME 5509 J.F.K. NORTH LITTLE ROCK 374-0312 blAMOND LIQUORS e Exit - Highway 67 North come away refreshed and ,,laddened. At 11:00 in the morning, I made my annual visit to Aldersgate Methodist Camp. The elderly citizens of our community are transported to Aldersgate for a hot meal. Near St. Patrick's Day each year, I join Mrs. Henry Woods to present the entertainment. Kathleen is a beautifully trained vocalist. She sings the Irish songs with great fervor. I am given an opportunity "to sing along" with her and then give a talk on St. Patrick. Since the occasion is filled nette Fitzgerald who came to Little Rock in behalf of the Shrine honoring St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Emmitsburg. Thousands of pilgrims are journeying to Emmitsburg each year. Sister wants people to know about the shrine, to appreciate the life and work of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She likewise asked for a measure of support for the shrine. From funds left to my disposal by recently deceased priests, I have made a gift in your name to this worthy cause. with such love for God and At 12:00 noon, I picked up love for one another, I Mr. Norman Schmuck and we declared that St. Patrick would feel quite at home among us on that happy oc- casion. Mrs. Mabel Harris and those associated with her are truly deserving of gratitude for such an out- pouring of love. On Thursday, I appreciated a visit from Sister Joan An- traveled to St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home. About six miles outside of Marshall, Arkansas, the fan belt broke. We found an Oldsmobile dealer who quickly made the repairs and we set out again. Fortunately, we arrived a few minutes ahead of schedule for IN MEMORIAM Father Bede Mitchel, O.S.B. 1899-1982 For many centuries, our Church has called the Benedictine Monk Bede, Venerable Bede. In my lifetime, I have known three Benedictines who honorably live under the inspiration of Venerable Bede. The first is Father Bede Lightner, O.S.B., who was associated with the Abbey at Belmont, North Carolina. For many years, he was prior and teacher at Benedictine School for Boys in Savannah. Throughout his years he was a model of christian living to the students committed to his care. Presently, he is associated with Mount Sales High School in Macon, Georgia. Living in our own community is Father Bede Luibel, former abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Bernard in Cullman. For years, he has been associated with the chaplaincy program of the Veterans Administration. For more years than I have been in Arkansas, Father Bede has served the veterans both at Fort Roots and at the hospital on Roosevelt in Little Rock. In recent months, Father Bede has patiently endured ill health. Both the prayers of the people, the doctors, the nurses and the loving support of his sister Sara have brought him through this illness. He will be a long time in recovering his health. Again, Father Bede has been a marvelous example of ministering to the sick in the name of the Lord Jesus. The third man of God is Father Bede Mitchel, recently deceased, priest and monk of Subiaco, Arkansas. While Father Bede was tall and thin, his appearances belied his energy, his zeal, his fierce love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Throughout his years, Father Bede was a devoted monk of Subiaco. He truly loved the Benedictine way o_f life and his roots were firmly planted in the soil of Logan County. Yet, he was a living example of "per- petual motion." No one was a stranger to him. It is told that he once had an automobile wreck. No one was injured. When a crowd gathered, he spoke to them of Jesus and gave them pictures of Our Lord and His holy Mother. Joyfully, he was called "God's gadfly." On the occasion of his golden jubilee of priesthood, devoted friends of all walks of life and of all faiths came to Subiaco for the celebration. Father Bede was also called "God's litter bug." At the Serra Club Supper honoring him on the occasion of his golden jubilee, he announced that he still had twenty thousand pictures of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother to distribute to the people. Every time I came to Subiaco, there were always a few pictures in my room. Even when I went to the monastery for his rosary, I checked my room to be sure that he had not slipped away from the monastery church and put a supply in it. As I reflect upon the zeal of Father Bede for Our Lord and His blessed Mother as, expressed through the distribution of these holy pictures and images, I could not help but recall what happens when we pass through death into life. All images and pictures fade away. They are no longer necessary. We come face to face with the Lord Jesus and His holy Mother. How beautiful must have been that encounter between Father Bede. Jesus and Mary. I am sure that Our Lord said, "'Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of Thy Lord." We express our love, our sympathy and our support to the Benedictine Community. We ask everyone to continue to pray and to make sacrifices that God will raise up among us generous men and women to serve His people as priests and religious. Your friend + AndrewJ. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock the opening afternoon session PAGE 3 At noon, I flew to San An- for Rosalind Rinker with the clergy of that part of the State. Father DeClerk, Father Jon McDougal welcomed us and made us feel at home. Again Rosalind Rinker made a simple but inspiring presentation to the clergy. WE THEN enjoyed a wonderful supper in the church hall. At 7:00 in the evening, due to the efforts of Miss Audrey Fellabaum, coordinator for that part of the State and hostess for Rosalind Rinker, untold numbers of people began to come in. The hall was filled and almost overflowing. Since Amy Sexton could not be with us and since I was such a "howling success" at AIdersgate, I led the singing. Mr. John Barnes, organist for the church, played the piano. Interspersed with the religious songs were a few Irish melodies. Once again, in this final presentation, Rosalind Rinker presented the Lord Jesus as a gentle Master, meek and humble of heart, ready to receive us, to love us and to care for us. I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Miss Rinker for coming to our diocese; our gratitude to Father Richard Oswald, Mr. Jim O'Leary, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Woell, Mrs. Amy Sexton, Miss Audrey Fellabaum and to all who had a part in making her tour so suc- cessful. In the late evening, Mr. Schmuck and I returned to Little Rock. We really only arrived in the early hours of Friday morning. ON FRIDAY, I met with Ms. Marilyn Bachofner and Robert DeGostin, Jr. con- cerning prison ministry as it affects the families of the incarcerated and the total community. Our Church has had an interest in this com- mittee and in this effort. To assist Father Blitz who has represented us, I have asked Robert DeGostin to take a place on the Board. He is a member of Holy Souls and active in the Serra Club. tonio, Texas to participate in a Regional Workshop spon- sored by the United States Conference of Bishops on Family Life and Parish Renewal. Each diocese was asked to bring lay representatives with the bishop. Already present, traveling by van, were Father Richard Oswald, Father LeSieur, Father Dienert, Mr. Peter Oliver of St. Agnes Parish, Mena, and Mrs. Cynthia Lyons of St. Elizabeth's Parish in Petit Jean. More than twenty two dioceses were represented. Friday evening, all day .Saturday and a good part of Sunday were filled with recommendations concerning the ways in which the parish can be renewed. The Church of San Antonio under the leadership of Archbishop Flores made us feel warmly welcome. Even though the Conference lasted through noon on Sunday, I left Sunday morning to return to Little Rock to participate in the open house for the new Knights of Columbus Hall in North Little Rock, to keep several appointments and prepare for my departure to Savannah, to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick. Your friend, + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock STEVE PIN'FEIt CENrrURY 21 PRO REALTY 9020 Chicot Road 568-3939 888-2913 Office Home MAUMELLE - Nice 3 BR, 2 BA, Rock & Cedar. Master BR suite has WBF. Large living den also with WBF. Dbl. garage. $69,50o, good terms. Optical Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Rolf (Member of St. Edward's Parish) K-Mart Asher & University 568-0021 John 6enton, Ark. 2202 Military, 778-6896 Gina NORTH LITTLE ROCK The Other Center Across from McCain Mall 753-1326 AI Indian Hills Shopping Center 6929 J F K Across from I.C. Church 835-5036 Kitty Sewing-Vacuum-Fan Ctr. 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