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Page 4 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ARKANSAS r,9 CATHOLIC, ARKANSAS ,9 CATHOLIC Founded In ! 911 MAY 9, 1998 MASS FOR SHUT-INS i Father Greg Luyet CELEBRANT Statewide 6 a.m. Sunday, kTHV, Channel 11 Putrid Coun (Come.t) 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 Bat ille 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel l FayetlL.viile 9 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Nashvlllle 6 a.m., noon, Sunday, KJEP, Channel 23 BISHOP'S DATES Saturday, May 9 in town Sunday, May I0 Confirmation, St. Agnes, Mena; confirmation, South Central Deanery, Sacred Heart, Hot Springs Village Monday, May 11 School Masses, St. John, Hot Springs, and St. Michael, Hot Springs; hospital visit, St. Joseph, Hot Spdngs Tuesday, May 12 in office in morning; confirmation, St. MaW, Lake Village Wednesday, May 13 School Mass, St. Mary, Lake Village Thul y, May 14 In office; graduation, St. Joseph, Conway, in evening Friday, May 15 In office DID YOU KNOW Bishop McDonald had visited Arkansas twice before being installed as bishop. In 1964and 1965 hevisited St. John Seminary in Little Rock to interview the Savannah, Ga., serninadans. He remembered seeing the campus grounds and having lunch wtth rector Msgr. James O'Connell. m.m COVER PHOTO By John LeMay DEADLINESmmmi Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- rnlssions of news artides, columns and obituaries. The deadline is noon Wednesday, 10 days before publica- lion. Advertising deadline is noon Fdday, eight days before publication.. To ai (s01) eumsm=. Most eev./u vew I. Md akJ, BV op MANA(~Nt ll~41roa ............. Dankd C. Straessle rd~rol .............................. Matea Waiters t~lAC~lt ......... Nancy C. Moore ClllCIIEAllON W~U~t&~ ......... Angela M. Hess ~TANT ...........Rev, Frands I, Malone, JCL Catho/lc (LISPS 853-320 ISSN 1057-8439) Is pul~lshed weekly (exc~ e~e first Saturday In Jan., July ~,d Aus., and the last Saturday In Dec_), bythe Catholic Diocese of Uttle ~ Ar/cans,~ Ca~ho#c, Inc, P.O. Box 7417, Little l~:k, AR 7Z217-7417. Bu~ness hours are 8:.30 - 4, Monday-Friday, except f~ Holy Days ,rod n~ttonal holtd,~. A~as Ca~/Ic olEces are located in Morris H~I, St. John Center, 7-500 N. Tyler St., 72207. Phone numbers are (501 ) 664-0340 or (501) 664--0125; Fax (501) 664-9075. An annual subscription is $15. Pedodlc~ postage paid at Uttle I~ck, Ark. Postmas- ter: Send changes of address and copy of label m: Cab~of/, P.O. Box 7417, Utile Rock, AR 72217-7417. Address Service Requested. Bishop Continued from page 3 stay home and I'll be ordained when I go home this time. You sense whether I'm really prepared intellectually, profession- ally and all the ways I need to be ready." With James and Theresa McDonald gone, the siblings --- three men and eight women gathered for their brother's ordination May 8, 1948, at the Cathe- dral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. The bishop said he knew there was a "risk" in making a lifetime commitment. "No one can say I've been in training so long and my abilities and skills have been so well defined that I just couldn't miss," he said. After ordination, Bishop Gerald O'Hara : selected Father McDonald to attend canon law school at The Catholic University of America in Washington and Lateran Uni- versity in Rome. When he retumed he was named associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth. Msgr. James McNamara, pastor at the cathedral, set the course for how the bishop would be as a pastor. The bishop would be assigned there for only four months before he went away for canon law studies. "He was a wonderful priest in dealing with people, being there when people needed him," he said. At the Marist School for Boys in Savannah, the religious brothers who taught at the school encouraged the students to consider being a priest or brotheri Andrew, 13, (front row, second from left}, was preparing to go away to scho0 in Maryland. Archbishop Thomas McDonough of Lousville, Ky., the former Savannah bishop, had a similar disposition, making him another good role model for a young priest. "He would be patient and dealt with priests and people very well," he said. All 11 siblings gathered for Father McDonald's ordination May 8, 1948, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. Their parents, Theresa and lames, had died several years earlier. With a canon law degree to his credit, Bishop McDonald assisted in the bishops office during the day. From 1957-1963 he worked solely for the bishop's office as the chancellor, traveling with him for confirmations and church dedicationS. In 1963 he was named pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Savann@' For nine years he led the parish while continuing limited chancery work. Bishop McDonald also worked as the vicar ge a- eral, comptroller and judicial vicar. 1956 he was given the tide Very end Monsignor and in 1959 he . named a Prelate of Honor with the title of Right Reverend Monsignor. For the 48 years of his life, Bishop McDonald considered Savannah his home, but Pope Paul VI oicked the " r :ch ositi01 monsmnor for a hmhe Chur p , to succe ed Bishop Al"bert Fletcher in Little Rock in 1972. The Church landscape was changi , as Bishop McDonald arrived in Rock. He would have to carry on tla. Vatican Council II reforms De tn by predecessor. .,,4 "The previous administration pl % the seed and I really hdped it to groV [ Bishop McDonald said. "What a bleSS" t-,if ing, though, to be a priest in this time, to know that I'll never be able to have: Nashville Hope Congratulations & BestWtshes St.Mary Batesvflle SLCeeelta Newport SLMary Mountain View