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March 24, 2001     Arkansas Catholic
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PAGE 8 MARCH 24, 2001 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ....... : ........ -~--..~,. a ~ .......... -~ ~,-~ May 12, 1917: Patriotism runs high as the United States enters World War I. nar iaa' Am 111 Ilal. IVlIITCNIIIhlmMUE Nov. 16, 1929: Despite the stock market crash, Church news leads. SCHOOL EDITION Peace Chief Concern of Pope Pius Xll IPe~cdul Set~ment KldX, iS OIs' on Gad At on All But Atheist Aug. 25,1939:The war in Europe looms large in Church matters. BELOVED BISHOP MORRIS DIES TUESDAY .... --- 111E~IUII~I~,~ II.~ PACE Final Oct. 25, 1946: Bishop Morris' death occupied minds and headlines. ~ PAIL~GOULD EDITION tl~t,~,'~ilndo.China's Catholics Jam Hanoi, Heeing Surrounding Communist Dominated Cities I ~M en Bishop John B. orris decided the Diocese of Little Rock need- ed a weekly newspaper, he hoped the publication would be a champion of justice and defender of the faith. In each issue, readers were greeted with his endorsement and his hope that the newspaper's history would "be long and prosperous." The bishop, credited with establishing St.John Seminary and St. Joseph Orphanage, is also known in BY MALEA HARGETT Catholic history in EDITOR Arkansas as the first ........................... publisher of The Southern Guardiar Its first issue was published on March 25, 1911. "This marks the realization of a hope cherished since I first came m the Diocese of Little Rock (in 1907)," Bishop Morris wrote in the first issue. Ninety years later the newspaper has continued its mission of informing and educating Arkansas Catholics on a weekly basis. The newspaper was first put in the hands of Msgr.J.M. Lucey, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War and vicar general of the diocese. "The Southern Guard/an will be Catholic, by Catholic it is meant Roman Catholic, loyal to the Roman Pontiff, the supreme head of the Church, to the Bishop and cler- gy of the Diocese, and to the Catholic laity in their varied interests," Msgr. Lucey wrote in the first issue. The newspaper was published by the diocese's Catholic Publication Society and ran its operation from an office on West Markl2am Street. A subscription cost $1.50. Six months after its founding, the paper was handed Vatican Council II and segregation were the top news stories BY MALEA HARGEI"r EDITOR or Bill O'Donnell, publishing a week- ly newspaper was far removed from today's completely computer-generat- ed industry. As the editor or managing editor of "/he Guard n (now Ad an, as CarhoP) from 1959 to 1985, his job was completely hands-on. He would go out to cover the news, give his smiles to someone to typeset and then watch it roU off[" the diocesan presses on Second Street in downtown IJttle RocL By the time each issue was completed, O'Donnell was covered in ink and sleepy from the long nights of work- Bishop Albert Fletcher blesses the new Guardian, tional press allowed the newspaper to double Goss Cox-o-type press was the ultimate goal of over m Father Augustine Stocker, OSB. In 1912 the newspaper office moved Center streets and in 1919 the offices moved to Second Street, where it remained until 1967. In 1915, only four years after the founded, the word "Southern" was ni~q'le. Father George H. McDermott became name for early readers. Beginning in 1919 he l write a weekly column called "Question umn was written by various diocesan and over the decades. "Believe me, 1 earned my money," O'DonneU, a member of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, said in an interview with A ,ansas Catho//c last week. At age 86, today O'Donnell relaxes in retirement with his wife Eleanor in their Little Rock home and spends time with their six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In his retirement, he became a Civil War buff and wrote a book on Little Rock's involvement called the "The dre ' " Civil War Qua nnmm. Health problems have prevented him from writing and read- ing as much as he used to. "It's a terrible cross to carry," he said. He has undergone two heart procedures and suffered a stroke two years ago, but he still remembers well his days as the first lay- man m head The. Cmard/an. At the time there were only tour other laymen serving as edi- tors of Catholic newspapers in the United States. Bi 1954 Msgr. the Rock,