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BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION May 9, 1998 Page 3 By Malea Waiters EDITOR James and Theresa McDonald fostered the vocation to the priesthood and a eligious life in their home in Savan- , Ga., without saying a word. The family prayed the rosary and stat- UesofMaryand the Sacred Heart of Jesus displayed. Theresa, the mother of had the older children take care of e younger ones while she attended Mass every morning. . ....... They saw four of their daughters enter i the religious life, but they died before they their young son, Andrew, ordained to priesthood. Maybe it was a divine sign t Andrew was told he would be the bishop for the Diocese of Little Rock ) . , the anmversary of his father s death JUne 11 and made it public on the anni- of his mother's death 4. die'hop Andrew J. McDonald s parents Push their children into vocations. re,:.The atmosphere in the home was ' Ugtous and devout. It wasn't an over- w d lrning atmosphere. We had fun as . as normal children would have," he d- (hy did my four sisters go in the vent? I have no idea. Bishop Andrew J. McDonald had a Catholic education for the 1930s. all-boys grade school run Marist Brothers. They really pointed boys toward vo- Bishop McDonald said. "They being a brother or a priest." 1937 Andrew was sent away to St. High School in Catonsville, Md., 13. He has jokingly said that did not notice that he had left when it was time for the and trip to church for confes- those days, boys interested in the sent away to school to be boys with the same interest. It the "hot house theory." Just buds, the "hot house" would the boys and their vocation. '.attended St. Charles because it was school of its kind and gradu- St. Mary Seminary in Balti- 1948. There were 90 men in his i. preparing to be priests in their Still today, Baltimore is U.S. city to visit. training would last for 12 At the time I didn't think it would end, the bishop said. did fly by. I thought it was strange coming back up here in Septem- 948. When I go h me this time, I U See Bishop page 4 Bishop Andrew I. McDonald (top, left) celebrates his 50th anniversary as a priest in his adopted state of Arkansas. His parents, lames and Theresa, (top, right) died before their 1 lth of 12 children was ordained a priest. The McDonalds (bottom, right) raised 12 children, eight girls and four boys, in Savannah. Four of the girls decided to be sisters. Andrew (sitting on his father's lap) was the only boy to choose the priesthood. In 1937 the bishop {bottom, left) went offto St. Chades High School in Maryland.