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ARKAHSAS gCATHOLIC BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVF.RSARY EDITION May 9, 1998 Page 15 dttced abundant laughter ;throughout the meal would be the proverbial un- derstatement. Once breakfasTtwas fin- ished and the retreat candidates left to bark upon the rest of their day, @ass of us on hand serving as "bus help in the dining room set to the task of clear- big the tables. With half-filled coffee cup still in one hand, I too set out to help. But I didn't get very far. Coming across the bishop 'hably chatting with two of my fellow uming room helpers, I stopped for what I thought would be just along enough to say good morning. Fifteen minutes later, amidst the clacking sound of dishes and silverware being picked up around us, the three of us were still very com- fortably visiting with the bishop. Some- where in the middle of all this, it struck meo This was just like the gospel story about Martha and Mary- only none of those doing the actual work seemed to mind. Perhaps even more unlikely than the fact that I was sharing my morning cof- fee alongside the bishop, was that not once did this incredibly busy man ever look at his watch or indicate in any way we might be keeping him from other, more pressing matters. He graciously stood there with us, sharing recollections of his lifelong friend, Msgr. Sauerwein, who had just recently died on Easter. This year would also mark the 50th an- niversary of the monsignor's priestly or- dination. So moved was the bishop as he spoke of this man whom he referred to as his best friend ---quoting him as saying he never regretted being a priest, only that he had not been a better priest --that his eyes began to faintly water and he quiedy reached for the handker- chief in his pocket as he continued talk- ing with us. I truly believe in his 50 years as a priest, 25 of which have been dedicated to leading the faithful of this diocese, when Bishop Andrew J. McDonald signs his letters "Your friend," that he is ex- acdy that --- our friend in Christ. Therese Rohr writes from Bentonville. "That in all (~~ things GOD be glorified" Congratulations, Best Wishes and Prayers, Bishop McDonald on your Golden Jubilee of priestly ordinationl Heartfelt thanks for your generous service. God bless and keep your. St. Anthony Parish Family Weiner Congratulations Bishop Andrew J. McDonald! May your special day be rich in joy and happiness St. Joseph Church Conway ratulalions on your =n Jubilee of Prie y St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Ashdown St. Barbara DeQueen Sacred t'leart Foreman Godbless B/sho McDot Youma usbeau Ho Cross $herkhn Our loyalty and our best wishes to Bishop McDonald on this jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood The Little Portion Retreat & Training Center at More Mountain Eureka Springs. ~~r~Ome to the _ MOUNTAIN