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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MARCH 24, 2001 PAGE 9 1930s Father McDermott retired in 1933 and was fol- lowed by a string of editors, including Msgr.J.E Fisher, the secretary to Bishop Morris, and Father Harold Heagney, the pastor in Stuttgart. When the Depression hit, the paper contin- ued to publish but operated at a tremendous loss. The newspaper entered a new era in 1935 when its first full-time editor, Msgr. Thomas ]. Prendergast, was named. He was joined five" months later by Msgr. Thomas L. Keaney, who wrote the popular, front-page column caUed Qui Vive?, under the utle The Sentry. Qul Vive. is French for "Who Lives?" and was commonly used by the military sentry on' guard just like an American soldier might ask, "Who goes there? The column continued for 30 years. In 1939 The Guardian cost $1 a year. 1940s re erotu ough paper. He organized the newspaper s first board of directors and opened up a full-time print shop. In 1946 a subscription cost $21 F,L P.oTo 1950s Bill O'Donnell (right), assistant editor in 1956, accepts In 1950 the first Catholic gift shop was opened. .... the award for the best front page from the CathoDic The Guardian Church Goods Store was located in ..... Press Association. the front rooms of the newspaper offices on Second Street and provided supplemental income to The Guard/an. newspaper was expanded in 1920 Msgr. Prendergast looked to the North to find an offer Vatican news through Foreign assistant. In 1954, he hired William O Donnell, a New Jersey native who was working in Rhode Island and wrote ,tt,was named the editor in 1922 fol- for several daily newspapers. Five years later, Msgr. r Stocker s death. Father McDermott was Prendergast was assigned to be pastor of Immaculate Danforth in preparing the newspaper. Heart of Mary Church in Marche and left the leadership didn't own the entire print shop, it of the newspaper to its first lay editor. press and linotype machine used to print By 1954 a subscription jumped to $3 a year. h iption in 1929 cost $2. See 90 YEARS page 10 e in ttrlder in s to Little he said. Msgr. Prendergast and I con- After five years, Msgr. Prendergast was reassigned and O'Donnell was given the sulted with Bishop Fletcher and duty of leading the newspaper by Bishop decided not to involve The Albert Fletcher. While the majority of diocesan newspa- Guardian in the controversy. pets today have no priests in leadership However, tempers were mount- roles, in the 1950s O'Donnell's presence was noticed by priests and laity inside and out- hag and our silence began to side of the diocese. "I was very careful in what I said," he said. attract attention." "I got along very well with them (priests). -- Bill O'Donnell, on One or two of them didn't like me... Itwas a school desegregation in the 1950s new experience for them here." The late 50s and 60s were busy times for on the Central High School Crisis. the Catholic press. When Brown vs. Board of O'Donnell also compiled a series of editori- Education said segregated public schools als into a booklet called "America's Race were unconstitutional, the newspaper decid- Problem." ed to take a low-key approach to covering "Msgr. Prendergast and I consulted with the news. Bishop Fletcher wrote a front-page Bishop Fletcher and decided not to involve pastoral on segregation in 1954 and in 1957 O'Donnell wrote an award-winning editorial See O'DONNELL page 16 Omclal ~ubllcatl~ of the q)l~.~e d ~tfle 400,000 Votes Cast for Top Council Offices; Pope Says Conchve Could End by Christms M~h nd~m Updates for Mass reflecting goals of Vatkan It March 24,2001:We cete- ':~ .... ~22-:g~i~-'~: :==::==~'~: brate 90 years of Arkan- ,::.;,., ~,.~:::.:,.~ ~, ~.- ...... - ............ -....,..,.,~..... . .................. sas' Catholic newspaper. :::~:-~x~':": .~: .... ................... j INSIDE ,,va ,,