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of the q)iocese o[ Cittle q00ock VOL. LXIII, NO. 18 MAY 3, 1974 ount "ect Rock -- His- Excellency Andrew J. McDonald authorized the -Religious Mercy to conduct a $1- fund-raising campaign Little Rock area the renovation and of buildings of St. Mary Academy here. Mary Elisa, R.S.M., principal, said the finance board has work on-plans for the op McDonald's of the campaign m a letter addressed to M. Riearda, R.S.M., and Sister Elisa. It "lVerend and dear Sisters: have received your letter 1974 in which you ask Permission to conduct a raising campaign for the and renovation of St. Mary's Educational given serious con- to your request, I to the Sisters operating Mount St. Academy to do the (1) To set a building cam- goal of One Million tge may certainly applied to the building "(2) To set a time limit of (1974-1977) from the day of the campaign the due date of the final (3) To limit solicitations to Greater Little Rock Area, and "special friends" St. Mary's. To apply the money to the renovation of buildings at Mount St. "s and to construct a new or buildings on the site. God's blessing upon and thanking you dedication to Catholic in Little Rock, I ; Sincerely yours in Christ, Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock r Pnanage t-, icnic eduled Sunday Little Rock -- Greater Rock Knights of will sponsor the II and dinner for )seph's Home here this Sunday, 5, on the home's grounds ap Robinson Road. Knight Ted Deubler of Council said mid- activities will begin at 3 A barbecue beef dinner in the refectory, at 4:30 P.M. Many prizes will be awar- [bler said the spring date Ih" e benefit was chosen in the h alOre people will be able to I Fr. Beck Fr. Kordsmeier Fr. Kettler Ft'. Tribou To Celebrate 25th Ordination Anniversaries This Month Four diocesan priests, above, and two Benedictine priests, right, will observe their silver anniversaries of ordination during May. The diocesan priests will Concelebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving next Thursday, May 9, at 4:30 P.M. in the chapel of St. John's Catholic Center, Little Rock. A 16-page center-fold supplement to this edition of The Guardian provides biographical and other information about the jubilarians. Fr. Ililary Fr. Placidus Special Projects Fund Appeal Begins Sunday in Arkansas See Little Rock -- The Diocese of Little Rock will launch its first annual Special Projects Fund appeal this Sunday, May 5, and Msgr. B. Francis McDevitt, V.F., chairman of the Priests' Welfare Board, said advance indications are that the response will be generous. A $200,000 goal has been set for the 1974 appeal to provide retirement benefits, upgraded health insurance and sickness care for retired (iiocesan priests. In the view of His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, this is the highest priority need for the diocese, so the initial Special Projects appeal was designated for this purpose. In future drives, other high priority needs will be met. Monsignor McDevitt said some parishes made early solicitations for the appeal, and the response has been "most gratifying." The Priests' Welfare Board suggested $30 per wage earner as a reasonable contribution to enable the appeal to attain its goal. "Some will be able to give more," Monsignor McDevitt said. "Others may have to give less." Special appeal committees have been established in many parishes and these plan to make a house-to-house solicitation of parishioners this Sunday af- ternoon. In some instances, the solicitation has been by mail with special envelopes provided for making remittances at Mass. The Diocese now has 14 retired priests. They are: Father James Allen -- Born in Norwood, Mass., Father Allen was ordained in Little Rock in 1938. He served as a professor at St. John's Home Missions Seminary and as a pastor at Stuttgart. He was placed on sick leave in 1962 and is now retired, living at North Falmouth, Mass. Msgr. John M. Bann -- Born in Texarkana, he was ordained in Little Rock in 1939. He served as a professor at St. John's and at Catholic High School. In 1943, he was appointed secretary to Bishop Pens Meditation On May, Mother's Day His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald composed the following meditation: 1. THE MONTH OF MAY: While the liturgical calendar no longer stresses the significance of each month spiritually in our life, we can hardly let the month of May go by without reference to our Holy Mother, Mary. Orle of the most dramatic aspects of the Bishops' Meeting last fall was the promulgation of the pastoral, "Behold, Your Mother." Just recently, our Holy Father, himself, issued an exhortation on devotion to the Blessed Mother. Both of these documents are superb and are clear evidence of the important role that Mary plays in our life. No matter who you may be, grandparents, parents, young people, children, priests, bishops, religious, Mary is the great model of faith. In all of human history, she alone has 'The Owl' Returns ano ed ' nymous Guardian reader, who stirr considerable 'mt a year a-o when, as "the Disenchanted Owl, he wrote a -Hentary on the state of the Church, addressed an Easter letter a.'71Children last month. His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. Mc- vCll,U recommended to Guardian subscribers: "After you read etter, please encourage your children to do the same." given unqualified consent to all that God wants in her life. It is not then out of style to build May altars in your home, celebrate May devotions daily, express your love in the family circle for Mary, the Mother of God and our Holy Mother. 2. MOTHER'S DAY 1974: Honorable men and women are working in all spheres of society to make us conscious of the equality of woman as a person. The goal is honorable and we cherish it. Such equality however does not take away from the dignity of motherhood. The ability to bear children, raise them up in the knowledge and the love of God enhances the role of woman in the world. In a manner, deeper than superficial sentimentality, we reverently salute the Christian mothers who have brought children into this world. On this day, we also salute the courageous women who could not physically have children, but who have opened their hearts and their homes to homeless children through adoption. We join the children of the world in expressing our gratitude to God for the unique person we individually call "Our Mother." His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, a post he retained until he retired in 1973. Msgr. Joseph M. Burns -- Born in Philadelphia, he was ordained in Little Rock in 1925 and then served on the faculty of Little Rock College. He served at Eureka Springs, Fort Smith, Lake Village, North Little Rock and Little Rock in addition to being a hospital chaplain in both Morrilton and Texarkana. A former dean of the Southwest Deanery, Msgr. Burns retired in 1971 and is now chaplain at Benedictine Manor in Hot Springs where he resides. Father Thomas Costello -- Born in Philadelphia, Father Costello was ordained in Little Rock in 1930. He was an assistant at St. Andrew's Cathedral and pastor at Wynne and McCrory before becoming ill. He was changed from the sick to the retired list in 1961 and resides in a Philadelphia home. Msgr. ,lames P. Gaffney -- Born in Brewerton, N.Y., he was ordained in Little Rock in 1922. Msgr. Gaffney served as professor, vice rector and rector at St. John's Seminary and as pastor in North Little Rock and in Hot Sprin'gs. He was dean of the Western Deanery when he retired in 1972 as Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary's parish in Hot Springs. Msgr. Joseph A. Gallagher-- Born in Philadelphia, he was ordained in Little Rock in 1925. He served as professor and vice rector at St. John's. Msgr. Gallagher was pastor at two Fort Smith parishes and in Pine Bluff as well as chaplain to the Arkansas state prisons. He was dean of the Northwestern and Southeastern Deaneries. Msgr. Gallagher retired in 1973 and resides at Benedictine Manor in Hot Springs. Msgr. Thomas L. Keany-- Born in Hopkinton, Mass., he is the oldest priest in the diocese, having been ordained in Little Rock in 1916. He served as professor, vice president and dean at Little Rock College. Msgr. Keany, besides being editor of The Guardian, was pastor at Carlisle, assistant at Fort Smith, chaplain at Mount St. Mary Academy, and pro- synodal judge. Msgr. Keany retired in 1970 and now is at the Williamsburg Inn in Little Rock. Father Gregory H. Keller -- Born in Little Rock, Father SEE APPEAL PAGE 2-A Vocations Prayer Day Scheduled Little Rock -- This Sunday, May 5, will be World Day of Prayer for Vocations and elaborate plans for an on-going vocation-promotion effort have been drafted for the Diocese of Little Rock. His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald, in a pastoral letter published herewith, stresses that "men will be saved through men" whom God calls to His service, but that the people of God, to stir up totally committed christians to serve the people as. priests, sisters, brothers and dedicated laymen." Many parish vocation com- mittees have planned special programs to be inaugurated on the World Day of Prayer. At this weekend's Catholic Youth Organization state convention in Little Rock, . diocesan seminarians and religious prayer is essential to -Sisters will conduct vocation development of vocations, workshops. The convention Mass this Sunday will center on Father Joseph L. Pallo, theWorld Day of Prayer theme. diocesan vocations director, has called on priests to remind the Father Pallo said a Vocation faithful that "it is the respon- Awareness weekend will be sibility of the entire community, conducted in late June. Bishop's Office 2415 N. Tyler Little Rock, Ark. My dear people of God: Whenever we think of God, we think of mystery. How many times have we learned that there is one God and in Him there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Immediately, our instructor tells us that these are the facts, but we cannot explain how there can be only one God and in Him three persons. Through faith we believe and accept these facts. In the same vein, on this day dedicated to prayer for vocations throughout the whole world, I am confronted with a mystery. Why is it that the all powerful God has chosen frail human instruments to present the Good News of Salvation? A priest is such an instrument. While chosen from among men by God Himself to do the work of the Lord, the priest carries into his sacred calling the failings, the sinfulness, which are common to humankind. That God would choose a frail human being as His in- strument presents a mysterious challenge to us who are priests. At times, like the apostles, we want to shrink from the task. At other times,' we lose sight of our own noble calling. In your own lives as the people of God, how easy it is to reduce the priest to his human limitations. How easy it is to fail to grasp God's plan, "Men will be saved through men." On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, kneel before God in the full awareness of His Divine Plan; "God will save men through men." Hear once again, "Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into His Vineyard." Pray that the Spirit will till the soil of the souls of many young men who are generous, who are ready, who are open. May the Holy Spirit take root with the divine calling in such souls and may the Holy Spirit hear our prayer and send to us many and fully committed young men for the priesthood for Little Rock. Lest we become selfish, we cannot limit the vision of need to our diocese alone. It is for the needs of the Church throughout the world that we pray and that we sacrifice this day. O God, hear our prayer and grant us a fresh supply of dedicated young priests. With best wishes and asking God to bless all the members of your family, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock" THOUGHTS ON VOCATIONS As we celebrate the Worid Day of Prayer for Vocations, it is important that the vocation to the Priesthood be highlighted because the priest must proclaim the gospel, he offers the Mass, he administers so many of the sacraments. The importance of priestly.vocations should not however make us lose sight of vocations to the Religious Life, Sisters and Brothers. We are entering into an era of time when religious vocations are dwindling, but their need is im- perative. Therefore, we urge you in your life of prayer and sacrifice to ask God to send forth His call to the young men and young women of our Diocese to serve as Priests, Sisters, Religious Brothers.