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Page 12 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Classmates Continued from page 11 "I happened to bump into him one time in Florida," he said. "We bumped into each other on the golf course of all places." Father Dwyer remembers his last visit to Arkansas a couple of years ago induded a round of golf. "The last time I played with him he beat me badly," he said. Father Dwyer said Bishop McDonald's intellect and personality were immediate signs that he would be a great Church leader. "Andy was a very relaxed, happy-go- lucky guy," he said. "He had lots of friends. He was close to the top of our class. We were close friends." Bishop McDonald's appointment in Little Rock came as no surprise to Father Dwyer. "He was a prime candidate when he was in the seminary," he said. Father Dwyer, 77, continues to help out at area parishes in LaCrosse, after retiring seven years ago as pastor of St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. "I try to continue to visit the hospitals and nurs- ing homes," he said. Father Dwyer's own golden jubilee celebrations will include a party at his former parish, a party at the bishop's house and a family celebration on July 4. He will travel to Little Rock this week with retired Bishop John Paul, who will visit family members in Hot Springs Vil- lage. Father Robert Nash of Deltaville, Va., has had a few chances to catch up with Bishop McDonald at different meetings. "He was always an outgoing, friendly seminarian," Father Nash remembered. "He was a friend to everyone." Father Nash said he remembered the bishop also as a "prayerful" man. "You knew he would be a good spiritual leader," he said. Father Nash, who was ordained for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, re- tired last summer in Deltaville near the Chesapeake Bay. He continues to fill in at area parishes when the pastor is sick'. or on vacation. He will celebrate his 50th anniversary in Deltaville later this month. Father Thomas Carpender of the Dio" cese of Dubuque, Iowa, has not seen Bishop McDonald in 50 years, but he said he remembers his former dassmate as an good student-athlete. "He was a true Southern gentleman," said Father Carpender, who retired to Tulsa for the warmer weather. "If you look at his qualit!es, you kneW he would go far," he said. He looked at J m|nist - bless you ! McGehee Nativity of the Blessed virgin Mary Dermo ...... i ,OiV' h i", ................. D[!mas ........ .[: .................. ......... The shining light of your vocation has led untold numbers through the darkness Rev. Joseph J. Enderlin and St. Bernard Parishn ,,~ You have hown Jesus -- the Ikjht... the truth ... and the hope ofour salvation Kemember, "Thou art a priest forever" and forever we will be grateful for your priestly vocation Asking God's blessino upon you this day, we are: A CONGRATULATIONS TO BISHOP ANDREW J. MCDONALD, FAITHFUL SERVANT OF OUR LORD FOR 50 YEARS! FOR THANK YOU SHEPHERDING YOUR ARKANSAS FLOCK WITH LOVING CARE FOR 25 YEARS! AND OUR PRAYERS, OUR LOVE, OUR APPRECIATION ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS! St. Joseph Parish Pine Bluff