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LVI I I, NO. 18 Officiol 00ublication of the q00iocese oF 00ittle 00ock LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS MAY 2, 1969 nce Graves Becomes Auxiliary Bishop ,-elect Lawrence Preston Graves stands before consecrator, Bishop Albert L. Fletcher Rock (left photo) to be ceremonially ques- on his resolution "to keep the faith and discharge duties." In the foreground is Bishop Lawrence M. of Amarillo, Texas, one of the Bishop conse- crators. In the background are The Rev. Albert C. Ernst and The Rev. Charles Kordsmeier, who were Masters of Ceremonies. In the second view, the Bis- hop-elect lies prostrate on the sanctuary floor during the chanting of the Litany of the Saints. The third photo shows Bishop Fletcher imposing the Book of the Rock -- After 23 years episcopal assistance, the Bishop of Little Rock, Rev. Albert L. Fletcher, has an Auxiliary. He is Rev. Lawrence Preston I:).D., a 52-year-old native Ark., who recieved ordination last Friday in St. Andrew's Cathe- Occasion was a religious the like of which hasbeen oncebefore in the 126- Story of the Diocese of Twenty seven Arch- Bishops, three Abbots, of priests and repre- groups of Religious and thronged the Cathedral. of thousands of At- were subsequently able the two-hour ritual as it via video tape re- later that night and then last Sunday evening KARK-TV, Channel 4. Fletcher was the prin- consecrator of Bishop and Bishop Lawrence M. of Amarillo, Texas, and Bishop Warren L. Bou- 0f La., were Bis- But literally of Arkansas Catholics spiritually in the historic did this with contributions luet that was pre- to Bishop Graves Friday during a banquet for visit- and priest s at the Hotel The bouquet listed 2,990 z offered by priests, 31,547 attended, 27,940 Com- 20,039 visits to the 10,528 sta- cross, 25,233 Rosar- litanies, 69,832 other and 23,714 actsofcharity. ishop Philip M. Hannan of delivered the ordina- (The sermon text on Pages 8 and 9). Graves spoke at the con- of the ritual, expressed gratitude for all that had been done for him, and said: "I know this is a responsibility. I hope by the grace of God and your help I can live up to it." He asserted that "what I am for L# Gospels on the head of Bishop-elect Graves. This immediately followed the imposition of hands by all Bishops present. In the photo at far right, Bishop Fletcher places the miter on the head of Bishop Graves. (Other photos and stories relating to the ordination are on Pages 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12). you terrifies me. What I am with you consoles me .... I beg your prayers. God bless you." Parish Centennial Scheduled The Mass will commemorate the day on which the late Bishop Ed- ward Fitzgerald, second Bishop of Little Rock, consecrated the ori- ginal small wooden church in the presence of a pioneer group of Irish Catholics. After the Mass, a luncheon for the clergy will be served at the Majestic Hotel. Invitations to the centennial have been sent to all clergy and Reli- gious sisters of the diocese and other dignitaries. An informal reception for mem- bers of the parish and the public will be held Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 P.M. in the ballroom of Hot Springs -- St. Mary's Church will celebrate its 100th anniver- sary Friday, May 9, with a Con- celebrated Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 A.M. His Excellency Bis- hop Albert L. Fletcher of Little Rock will be the principal con- celebrant. Others will include Msgr. James P. Gaffney, V. F., pastor of St. Mary's. The Rev. James R. Savary, assistant pastor, and The Rev. Charles F. Kordsmeier, vice- chancellor of the diocese, will be masters of ceremony. Tom Eis- ele and Joe Elser will be acol- ytes. Bishop Fletcher will preach the centennial sermon. the Arlington Hotel. Principal speaker will be Edward L. Wright, distinguished Little Rock layman and president-elect of the Ameri- can Bar Association. James J. Dowds, president of St. Mary's parish council, will be master of ceremonies. Adding to the entertainment, there will be a historical display of old pictures. Guests will sign a book of rememberance for future generations. A souvenier book with St. Mary's church buildings and Shrine to Our Lady of Grace reproduced in color on the cover will be presented to all who at- tend. sion areas, but every one of us is called upon to participate in this work and to sustain those who are personally engaged in the mission field through our pray- ers and our sacrifices .... This Bishop Fletcher Pleads for Support of Missions Little Rock -- This Sunday, been approved by the Holy See, into the personal work in the mis- 40 per cent of the individual an- nuai memberships contribution is sent by us to the American Board of Catholic Missions for the sup- port of the missionary work in the United States. Our diocese has been helped tremendously by the American Board of Catho- lic Missions. Nine per cent of these ordinary annual member- ships is sent directly to the Cath- olic Near East Welfare Associa- tion, which is a Pontifical mission association for work in the terri- tory know as the Near East." In his letter, Bishop Fletcher said: May 4, will be Mission Sunday, and His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher has appealed to all Arkansas Catholics to join the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. "Relatively few of us are call- ed into the personal work in the mission areas" of the world, Bis- hop Fletcher observed in a letter read at Masses last Sunday, but everyone is obliged to support the missions. The Little Rock diocesan dir- ector of the Society is Msgr. John M. Bann, the Bishop's sec- retary. In a recent letter to pastors, he wrote: "As you know, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is the Pontifical organ- ization which raises funds for the support of the mission work of the Church. By special arrange- ment with the Bishops of the Unit- ed States, the arrangement having Sentry Says: Time to Remember the Missions Study of Biblical Literature Needed Details, Read Qui Vive? on Page 4) On next Sunday, May 4th, you will be asked to enroll as members of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. By becoming a member of the Society you show your interest in this great work of the Church through your prayers, your finan- cial offerings and in any other way that might present itself. This is perhaps the greatest way in which each one of us, in accor- dance with our means and ability, can work toward the fulfilhnent of the command of Christ: "Go and teach all nations." Relatively few of us are called SE M,ss=o.s o. PA= 3 Members of Bishop Graves family, including his mother, Mrs. Agnes (Fant) Graves of Texarkana, Texas, took active parts in the liturgical functions. The Bishop' s brother, Louis of Nashville, Ark., read the Epistle as lector during the Liturgy of the Word. His mother, his brother, John of Tex- arkana, and his sisters, Miss Mary Agnes Graves of Texarkana and Mrs. Alice Dunham of Kansas City, Kansas, formed the offertory procession for the Presentation of the Gifts at the start of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In ad- dition, several nieces, nephews and other relatives were with members of the immediate family in two of the front pews. The Bishop's kin received Holy Com- munion under both kinds. The commentator for the Mass was The Rev. Charles S. Diamond, pastor of St. Mary's parish, North Little Rock, one of four Arkansas priest-classmates of Bishop Graves at St. John's Home Mis- sions Seminary. Bishop Fletcher was the prin- cipai celebrant of the Concele- brated Ordination Mass. In ad- dition to Bishop Graves, Arch- bishop Hannan, Bishop DeFalco and Bishop Boudreaux, the con- celebrants were Auxiliary Bishop Joseph G. Vath of Mobile- Birmingham, Ala., Msgr. Joseph Sz Oom.A'rmo- o. PAGe 3 'My Son, Lawrence... ' Mrs. Agnes (Fant) Graves of Texarkana, mother of Auxiliary Bishop Lawrence Preston Graves of Little Rock, chats with visitors during a public reception for her son last Sunday in St. Andrew's Cathedrai Hall, Little Rock.