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Page 6 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ARKANSAS CATHOLIC The principal consecrating bishop at Bishop McDonald's episcopal ordination on The new bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock blesses the congregation at the Sept. 5, 1972, was his friend, Archbishop Thomas McDonough of Louisville, Ky., the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Before the ordination, he was pastor of Blessed former bishop of Savannah. He was installed as bishop two days later in Little Rock. Sacrament Parish in Savannah. Bishop on the top and it's the Lord and myse ." Continued from page 5 "I don't think I'm as good today as I differences in himself as a 24-year-old priest thought I was 50 years ago." and as a 74-year-old bishop. Sometimes, he said, priests can act like "I did the best I could when I was five they axe "the savior of the world." years ordained and did the best I could "You come to realize you really are an when I was 10 years. I hope what I do now instrument of God's peace and sometimes is better than what I did when I was or- you get in God's way and sometimes you dained five years. The progression is not as are very effective," he said. though you are dimbing up a mountain. Reading old homilies, the bishop said Boy, I wish it were. The growth in being a he sometimes cringes at his words. priest is not just that you just keep going "There has been a growth in how to up that mountain and now I'm up there offer the Good News to the people. I'm glad I've had these years to do that. To improve in that area. I'm glad people have let me in their lives in the good times and in times of sorrow...They trust a priest. To have that opportunity for 50 years has been a great blessing." Like many who work in service to oth- ers, the bishop said he feels he has received much more than he has given. "I'm not denying God had given me talent and some wonderful gifts," he said. "When I think what people, priests and religious have done for me in the practice of their faith and I have had that chanCe for 50 years. It's really something." His time as an active, full-time bishl is coming to a dose as his 75th birthday approaches and he is required to retire: Over the next six months, the bishop said he will continue to remain active and an- ticipates making commitment past his 24 birthday. don't want to slow down," he saicL 'Tm in decent health and I want to do ther I'm aware you need somebody with differ" ent ideas, different ways of doing things. rew, Bishop of Littl Following Peter's exampleyou have become a great fisher of men ... When God cast his net and hauled you in, he just knewyou were a keeper! Thanks for 50 wonderful years. St. Peter the Fisherman Mountain Home St. Andrew Yellville