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Page 8 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ARKANSAS CATHOLIC W nen I think of being a priest for 50 years, I do ot think of what I have done. Rather, I think of what Jesus has done for me. I think of what people have done for me. "For me," not in service to me, although Jesus and you, my people, have generously made pro- vision for my every need and for my every want. I think of Jesus. In my earliest youth, perhaps even in my mother's womb, He called me. "Come, follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men!" It was Jesus who gave me my family, my mother, Theresa, and my father, James. It was Jesus who gave me my 11 broth- ers and sisters. Generous benefactors of the Church gave me my seminary education and formation. My : s many 1 family, a host of relatives and live the faith. You live in hope. You live love for the ] friends have given me the secu- Lord, for your family, for your children, for your ] rity, the love and the encour- Church. You have been the givers. | agement to persevere in my I think of babies -- babies who stir me to the in- / The bishop shares a moment with Sara Sweeden, daughter of Valerie and Ed Sweeden, at St. lohn Catholic Center. vocation. Always, throughout nocence these 50 years, my Lord, my Church have been the givers. On the day of my ordination on May 8, 1948, it was Jesus who anointed me. It was Jesus who commanded that I go l'aS preach to all nations and bap- Bishop Andrew 1. tize in the name of the Father McDonald and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. It was Jesus who led me to His altar for the celebration of the Mass, the Holy Eucharist. It was Jesus who empowered me to forgive sins. It was Jesus who visited the sick, Consoled the bereaved, loved the poor, the lost, the down and out. He used me to extend His ministry out into this poor broken world. It was Jesus who gave me His mother Mary to be my mother. From the cross, He said, "Woman, be- hold thy son; son behold thy mother." With me, Jesus shared the maternal love of His Mother, Mary. Jesus has been the giver for 50 years. When I think of being a priest for 50 years, I think of priests, deacons, religious, you have been the giv- ers -- you have walked with me for 50 years -- you have given me the encouragement, the good example, the love that I need to be another Christ. When I think of being a priest for 50 years, I think not of myself, but I think rather of the faith, the hope, the love of people both in good times and in bad. You, my people, truly have given me good example. You that once was mine. McDonald washes the feet of parishionerS at Bishop the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock on Ho!!Y Thursday in 1995. Ad Mu[tos Ann0s st.Mar Parish A[tus .. Congratulations to our friend, Bishop Andrew I. McDonald on your Golden lubilee / con atulations Bishop McDonald on your counttess accomplishments and love and support for the past so years. Thank you for being a part of the dedication and blessing of our Parish Lift Center in february 1998. Immaculate Heart of Mary Marche The members of the St. V'mcent de Paul and St. Stephen Catholic communities in Rogers and Bentonville joyously congratulate Bishop McDonald on the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination. We are grateful to God for the long and able service that the Bishop has provided to our diocese. It is our privilege to add our expressions of affection and gratitude for Bishop McDonald on this special occasion to those which will come pouring in from groups and from individuals throughout the diocese and the world. Bishop McDonald, we pray that you will have a happy and holy anniversary. iFellcldades, Sefior Obispol Gracias pot d caluroso reclkimiento a nuesttnt genre hispana en esta i6cem.