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Page 22 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ,h .Kp ISAS t,9 CATHOLIC Msgr. Sauerwein Continued from page 21 and her rosary. However, he loved his sports. He excelled in any and all of them. Eventually, love for sports dwindled, love for the Blessed Virgin Mary deepened and consumed him. A second time: the year was 1947. "Anthony, do you love me?" Subdiaconate -- the promise of celibacy, the praying of the Divine Office. With no hesitation, with no attitude, I can do anything on my own, but depending on the grace of God, he said, "Yes, Lord, I love you." Anthony said "yes" again when Arch- bishop Keough imposed hands and or- dained him a priest. He said 1,000 yes's and more at Holy Trinity in Glen Burnie -- t9 years of loving service. He said 5,000 yes's and more at St. Louis -- 28 years --- a population explosion -- this lovely, beautiful church, expanded classrooms, a practical, esthetic parish center, and the little parish church of St. Louis -- Blessed Sacrament in exposition -- special atten- tion to the Blessed Mother. In 1996, "Monsignor Anthony Leo Sauerwein, do you love me?" The voices were those of Cardinal Keeler and Bishop Murphy. But, it really was the voice of Jesus, "Do you love me? "Yes, with my whole heart and soul." Resignation from the pastorate of St. Louis ---off to his sister, Mary Thelma, for a while -- then, to Long Crandon under the care of the devoted Father Jack Collopy. On April 12, 1998 at 12:06 -- for the final time. Anthony Leo Sauerwein, "Do you love me?" Though weakened in mind and body, though somewhat fuzzy and confused, the answer was firm. It was dear. It was strong. It was total. "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Tony, dear friend, brother, we've made the way. Have my friend, St. Andr standing at the gates. As Mother Mar] wrapped you in her mantle of love, ask her to throw it over me. Throughout your 50 golden, dev years of priesthood, you led untold num of souls to Jesus. When the time com a kindly light for me and lead me to "Anthony, you never regretted being a priest. Your only regret is that you hav 't been a better priest." And Jesus says, this journey together for 60 years. Help "Come blessed of my Father, AnthonY, me to keep walking in your footsteps enter into the joy ofyo Lord. Anthony, I because they are the footsteps of the you have been the best. i ' " b C~ Master, Jesus. When it's time, send the Anthony, I don t say, Good- Y '.. same angel of light to snatch my sou/from Rather I say, "Auf Wiedersehen --- til my mortal frame. Tell St. Peter, I'm on we meet again." the Sacred Heart of Jesus continue inspire vocations in our diocese as we pause to honor one of the laborers in our church Cralulafions BishophfcDonald Sacred Heart Parish Charleston Congratulat!ons Bishop McDonald!1 Our prayers and support are with you ] Come and golf with us St. Mary Pamh Arkadelphla Congratulations Bishop McDonald on your Golden ]ubilee! Holy Redeemer Parish E1 Dorado God's call was His gift, to you Your response is your gift to us! From the pastor and parishioners of St. Joseph in Tontitown